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Michael Kagami appointed first deputy prosecutor

Michael Kagami – First deputy prosecutor

The Maui News

Longtime criminal prosecutor Michael Kagami has been appointed first deputy prosecuting attorney, Mayor Michael Victorino announced Monday.

Kagami will serve under acting Prosecuting Attorney Andrew Martin, who was appointed last week and must be confirmed by the Maui County Council. The Government Relations, Ethics and Transparency Committee will discuss Martin’s appointment at 9 a.m. today.

Deputy directors do not require council confirmation.

Victorino said in a news release that Kagami has worked as a criminal prosecutor for more than two decades, including the last two and a half years as a deputy prosecuting attorney with Maui County. He also worked for three and a half years with the state Department of the Attorney General and 20 years with Hawaii County, where he was a supervisory prosecutor for 15 years, overseeing felony trial and screening units.

“I’m confident he will be a strong second-in-command for the Department of the Prosecuting Attorney and help keep our community safe with our partners in law enforcement,” Victorino said.

Kagami is a 1990 graduate of the University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law. He also holds a bachelor of business administration degree from UH.

“Prosecuting criminal offenders is my life’s work,” Kagami said in the news release. “I am so thankful that two and a half years ago I was able to come and work with the dedicated staff at the Maui Prosecutor’s Office. I am now grateful for the opportunity to continue to work for the people of Maui County in a new capacity.”

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