Leadership changes are coming


Mayor Alan Arakawa is shuffling the deck chairs of his administrative team, tapping Chief of Staff Herman Andaya to lead the Emergency Management Agency, moving Budget Director Lynn Araki-Regan to Andaya’s post and returning Sandy Baz to his former position as budget director.

Managing Director Keith Regan confirmed the moves Friday, adding that an official announcement would be released in the coming days.

The Mayor’s Office announced the appointment of budget analyst Marci Sato to deputy finance director Friday. She has been working with the mayor’s budget office for the past two years and prior to that was an internal control officer with the Finance Department.

She fills a position vacated by current Finance Director Mark Walker, who moved up from his deputy finance director position. Walker took over for former Finance Director Danny Agsalog earlier this year.

Sato is a Maui High School graduate and holds an accounting degree from the University of New Mexico. She has 17 years of finance experience in the public and private sector.


Her appointment goes into effect today. She will make $118,006 annually.

Andaya replaces Anna Foust, who resigned as head of the Maui County Emergency Management Agency to move with her family to Dayton, Ohio, at the end of June. Foust had been director the agency and its predecessor, Maui County Civil Defense, since December 2010.

The job pays from $78,408 to $116,292 per year, Department of Personnel Services said in September.

Andaya, who was one of Arakawa’s first staff appointments of his current two-term tenure back in 2010, made $112,596 annually as chief of staff in fiscal year 2015.

Araki-Regan was named budget director about a year ago, replacing Baz, who was the mayor’s budget director from the beginning of Arakawa’s current two-term run. A longtime Wailuku attorney, Araki-Regan is married to Regan and served as Arakawa’s campaign chairwoman in his 2014 re-election run.


Baz returns to the administration after taking a position as the Maui County Council’s supervising legislative analyst with the Office of Council Services late last year. He made $114,000 in 2016 as budget director.

* Brian Perry can be reached at bperry@mauinews.com. Lee Imada can be reached at leeimada@mauinews.com



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