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Mayor seeks Guzman’s removal as prosecutor

Cause not disclosed; council set to take up matter in committee

DON GUZMAN — On administrative leave

Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino is seeking the removal of Don Guzman as prosecuting attorney in a resolution submitted to the Maui County Council.

The resolution will be heard at 9 a.m. Nov. 5 by the Governance, Ethics and Transparency Committee headed by Council Member Mike Molina. He said all nine members are expected to attend.

The resolution refers to a letter sent by Victorino to the council Monday but doesn’t give a reason for the mayor seeking Guzman’s removal.

Guzman, who is on administrative leave from his job, couldn’t be reached for comment Friday.

First Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Robert Rivera, who has been serving as acting prosecutor, said Friday he was instructed by the mayor not to comment.

Victorino appointed Guzman to the position heading the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney in March 2019 after the County Council didn’t approve the reappointment of former Prosecuting Attorney John D. Kim.

Guzman had been elected to the council’s Kahului residency seat, holding the position from 2012 before running for mayor unsuccessfully against Victorino and former Council Member Elle Cochran in the 2018 primary election.

Before becoming the head prosecutor, Guzman had worked as a deputy prosecutor from 2000 to 2005, when he entered private practice.

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