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Special Meeting Jan. 19 To Discuss Nominations and Appointments to Maui County Charter Commission

January 14, 2021, 10:57 AM HST
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Chair of Maui County Charter Commission Michael J. Molina.

The Government Relations, Ethics and Transparency Committee will discuss the process for nominations and appointments to the 2021-22 Maui County Charter Commission at a special meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 19, at 9 am, Chair Michael J. Molina announced.

A 2020 Maui County Charter amendment requires the mayor to appoint two members and the council to appoint nine members of the 11-member charter commission by March 1. The commission is set up every 10 years to review the operation of county government, including proposed amendments to the Maui County Charter, Molina said.

“We want to be sure we are appointing the most dedicated and qualified people for the job, all while following a fair process for their nominations and appointments,” said Molina, whose committee will also vet candidates for the volunteer positions. “Because we don’t have a set process and time is short, the GREAT Committee needs to get to work immediately, nailing down the details and informing the public of our plans.”

Charter Section 14-3 tasks the commission with studying and reviewing the operation of the government of the county and to propose amendments or to draft a new charter, which must be submitted to the county clerk within 16 months of appointment.  More information is available at http://mauicounty.us/maui-county-charter/.

Molina said the committee will also consider amendments to the rules of the council at the same meeting.

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Members of the public can view the meeting on Akaku Channel 53 or provide testimony via video conference link or phone number listed on the meeting agenda. For more information on upcoming meeting agendas, please visit MauiCounty.us/agendas.

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In addition to receiving testimony by phone or video conference, the council will accept written testimony. For instructions on submitting written testimony, please visit http://mauicounty.us/how-to-testify/.

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