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Mayor appoints Tyson Miyake to chief of staff position

Josiah Nishita set to take on Miyake’s past role as deputy managing director

TYSON MIYAKE – New chief of staff

The Maui News

Mayor Michael Victorino has named Tyson Miyake as his new chief of staff and appointed Josiah Nishita to fill Miyake’s role as deputy managing director.

The mayor made the announcement on Monday afternoon, following the resignation of former chief of staff Deidre Tegarden that went into effect on Sunday.

“I look forward to this new journey with the administration,” Miyake said Monday during a news conference at the county building. “Thank you (Managing Director) Sandy Baz for mentoring me this whole year. . . . I promise to uphold Mayor Victorino’s strategic goals for the administration.”

Miyake has been serving as the deputy managing director in Victorino’s administration since January. He is the former chief operating officer of Miyake Concrete and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business management and business law from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, College of Business. The Kahului resident is a 2000 graduate of Maui High School.

He also was a top official in Victorino’s campaign for mayor.

On Monday, Victorino also appointed Josiah Nishita to take Miyake’s place as deputy managing director. Nishita has been the Maui County Clerk since January and served as the deputy County Clerk from August 2013 to December 2018. Prior to that, he was a legislative analyst in the Office of Council Services.

Nishita has a bachelor’s degree in sociology from George Fox University in Newberg, Ore., and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Shidler College of Business.

“I look forward to working with the administration in a new capacity,” Nishita said. “For many years, we’ve all worked together to different extents, and I know Sandy fairly well, and I know Mayor Victorino fairly well as well, and (I’m) just looking forward to the new step in my career.”

Nishita is a Wailuku resident and 2003 graduate of Baldwin High School.

David Raatz, supervising legislative attorney for the Office of Council Services, said Monday night that he did not know who will replace Nishita. The County Council will have to appoint Nishita’s replacement and approve him or her by resolution.

Among the duties of the county clerk is to run countywide elections, and 2020 is an election year.

“I’m confident in the appointees’ abilities of Tyson and Josiah to effectively serve the people of Maui County,” Victorino said. “They know my commitment to excellent customer service, and they’ve already demonstrated their strong work ethic and dedication to public service.”

Tegarden, who announced her resignation earlier this month, has returned to her previous position as executive director of the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center, the organization announced Monday.

“We want to wish Deidre the best of luck and continued success in her endeavors,” Victorino said.

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