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Chairperson resigns as Charter Commission wraps up review

The Maui News

Maui County Charter Commission Chairperson Lance Collins announced his resignation effective at the end of the meeting on Dec. 16, citing a conflict between his service on the commission and the new role he had accepted as a per diem judge.

Collins was appointed as a District Court judge for the Second Circuit Court of Hawaii later that day and was sworn in on Dec. 20.

“I’m grateful to the people of Maui County for the opportunity to have served as a commissioner,” he said in a news release last week. “I look forward to considering the commission’s final proposed amendments in November as a voter.”

According to documents filed by the State Supreme Court, Collins’ appointment is effective for a one-year term starting Dec. 20.

Vice Chairperson Grant Chun is the acting chairperson for the Charter Commission as it continues its once-a-decade review of the County Charter.

The meeting on Dec. 16 also concluded its hearings on more than 130 proposed charter amendments, with votes taken on Theme J, “miscellaneous and new items,” four newly submitted proposals and various commissioner motions to modify language in certain previously adopted proposals.

The commission examined proposals to establish an independent utility authority and to place all water sources under the direct management of the county, among others. No action was taken on the proposals to establish a new Department of Information Technology and to adopt Federal Aviation Administration rules for Maui County.

The commission also considered and adopted recommendations by the temporary investigative group on the hearings officer and the TIG on style related to modifying language in previously adopted proposals, modifications to the selection process for county auditor and the removal process for Corporation Counsel and Prosecuting Attorney.

Two proposals associated with the Police Commission were not approved — the first would have excluded the Police Commission from administrative hearings officer oversight, and the second would have added the hiring of deputy police chiefs to its jurisdiction.

Four previously unsubmitted proposals were also considered, with three gaining approval from the commission. If approved by voters in the 2022 election, these proposals would establish a new department of ‘Oiwi Resources to support the county’s stewardship of Native Hawaiian cultural resources, remove “no compensation” language for members of boards and commissions and repeal the obsolete provisions of Article 15, “Transitional Provisions.”

The Charter Commission encourages the public to review and learn about the proposed amendments that have been adopted.

Details on the commission’s decisions are available at www.mauicounty.gov/DocumentCenter/Index/5153.

A preliminary report detailing all proposed charter amendments will be available to the public in mid-January.

The commission will conduct meetings Jan. 26 and 27 for the public to provide testimony. It has until Feb. 18 to submit its list of proposed amendments to the County Council for review.

For more information, visit the Charter Commission website at www.mauicounty.gov/CharterCommission.

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