WAILUKU - Retired 2nd Circuit Judge Boyd Mossman will resign his Maui trustee seat with the state Office of Hawaiian Affairs effective Nov. 1 and take a three-year position as president of the Kona Hawai'i Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Mossman, who is the vice chairman of OHA, announced his resignation in a recent issue of the agency's newsletter.
"There comes a time in every man's life when he must decide to change course and embark on another, which, though a difficult decision, will still be better for himself, his family and mankind," he wrote. "That time has come for me and though I have come to love those with whom I associate in so many capacities and appreciate those whom I have served in some way, I must now set my sights for a higher and more important calling in life."
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In a phone interview Friday, Mossman said he was asked to take the unpaid Big Island position by leaders of the church in Salt Lake City, Utah. At the end of his three-year commitment, he plans to return to his residence in Pukalani, he said.
Mossman's wife, Maile, will serve as the church's matron in Kona, he said.
Mossman said he was resigning from all boards and organizations he belongs to while he undertakes his service on the Big Island. His decision ends his nine years of service as an OHA trustee. He also will no longer work as a mediator and arbitrator.
"This call is not a promotion, since it is unpaid," he said in the OHA newsletter. "It is not a vacation, since it requires 24/7 attention. It is not something we applied for or coveted. It is, however, something we could not say no to, and we consider it an honor and a privilege to have even been considered for this position.
"It will be the culmination of my career, and I couldn't have planned a better move as I leave my trustee office after hopefully fulfilling my duty to Hawaiians and the people of Hawaii."
Mossman received support from OHA Chairwoman Colette Machado, the trustee for Molokai and Lanai.
"He served Maui Nui well," she said, adding that she will miss working on Maui County issues with Mossman.
Machado said that when Mossman came to the board, he was frustrated as a Native Hawaiian because there was too much bickering among trustees.
Mossman worked hard at keeping the board balanced and calm, she said.
He said he hopes his replacement will continue that legacy.
"I am hoping the board will appoint somebody that will carry on what I have worked toward for nine years," Mossman said Friday. "That the person will work well with the board and not create difficulties that were there when I first came on board."
Mossman said the OHA board has a set amount of time to choose his successor, and if the board cannot within the time limit, then Gov. Neil Abercrombie will select his replacement.
Machado said she would not allow that to happen.
"We want to make that decision," she said.
Suggestions for Mossman's successor will come from board members, including Mossman.
"I will be making a recommendation," he said. "Several people have contacted me."
Machado said Mossman contributed greatly to the board on governance and policy issues and provided his legal experience and understanding of financial management.
* Staff Writer Melissa Tanji contributed to this report.Brian Perry can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.