Parks director departs

After being on paid administrative leave for nearly five months, Glenn Correa has given up his $114,770-per-year job as director of the county Department of Parks and Recreation, according to an email sent late last week to department employees.

Deputy Parks Director Brianne Savage has stepped in as the department’s interim director.

Correa had been on administrative leave, with pay, since the latter part of January, when there was a cloud of an unconfirmed police investigation of his department.

In an email to employees Friday, Savage said that Correa’s retirement was effective at the end of Thursday.

“His dedication to bettering our department and thus our community for over 36 years is tremendously appreciated and will be missed,” Savage wrote.

Late Tuesday afternoon, county spokesman Rod Antone confirmed that Correa is “no longer with the county.”

When Correa’s absence with paid administrative leave surfaced in mid-February, officials with Mayor Alan Arakawa’s administration would only say it was “a personnel matter” and refused further comment.

A source within the Arakawa administration, who required anonymity, said in February that Maui police were investigating operations at the Waiehu Municipal Golf Course involving free rounds of golf and Correa’s alleged knowledge of the situation. Police would neither confirm nor deny that they were investigating the matter.

In a news release from the Mayor’s Office late Tuesday, Arakawa said Correa had “tendered his resignation” on Thursday.

Correa was appointed as deputy parks director from 1999 to 2002, and he was parks director during Arakawa’s first term as mayor from 2003 to 2006.

In 2010, Correa came out of retirement to serve as parks director until last week, according to the Mayor’s Office.

Savage began serving as interim parks director after Correa’s resignation, Arakawa said.