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IHS hires former state homeless coordinator Alexander

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 12:17 p.m. HST, Feb 10, 2012

Marc Alexander, who resigned last month as state coordinator for homelessness initiatives, has been hired as director of development for the Institute for Human Services, the Iwilei-based homeless service provider announced today.

"We're very excited to have Marc on board with us in this new role. He brings a wealth of knowledge about the non-profit sector and will be a real asset to IHS," IHS Executive Director Connie Mitchell said in a news release.

Alexander said, "IHS is a top-notch agency who follows best practices in helping both the homeless and those who are at-risk. I had the opportunity to work closely with them during my time with the State and was impressed with their outcome reporting and service delivery. I'm very happy to be joining their team."

Alexander had been the point man for Gov. Neil Abercrombie's ambitious plan to end homelessness in 10 years.

The governor's office announced Jan. 5 that Alexander was resigning the following day "to attend to personal matters." The state later acknowledged receiving an allegation that Alexander had had a sexual relationship with a woman while he was a priest.

Alexander left a long career in the priesthood and resigned as vicar general of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Hono­lulu before being appointed to the newly created job of homeless coordinator on Jan. 20, 2011.

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kukaikid wrote:
i guess his conscience in clear now.
on February 10,2012 | 11:29AM
Vivgie wrote:
on February 10,2012 | 11:31AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
He received the celestial OK from Tim Tebow himself. Jeebus don't mind parishioner-porking as long as you a czar, baybeee. Clearly success and effectiveness are not the measure of this appointment.
on February 10,2012 | 11:45AM
lowtone123 wrote:
Wow! I guess the spotlight doesn't shine as bright and the everything is swept under the rug.
on February 10,2012 | 11:52AM
st1d wrote:
great hire for ihs and for alexander. our family donations to ihs will continue and will be increased because of his good works.
on February 10,2012 | 12:18PM
livinginhawaii wrote:
Finally a position that is in line with his skill sets.
on February 10,2012 | 12:44PM
juno wrote:
I agree with st1d! Congratulations Marc! You'll do a great job!
on February 10,2012 | 03:08PM
Kapakahi wrote:

I am all for redemption and forgiveness. But I having difficulty believing Marc Alexander had to give up his state job for the reasons which have surfaced. WHile the affair might explain his resignation from the ministry, surely a consensual sexual relationship with an adult woman is not grounds for termination from the Abercrombie administration. As they say, "Does not compute."

Why would IHS rush to hire Alexander with such a dark cloud hanging over his head? How can this NOT be a distraction from his job performance? Who will have dealings with him without being influenced by the nagging questions? What could upset the Abercrombie administration so much that they fired him, but not faze IHS? Because the matter is SO unresolved, rumors have arisen which continue to tarnish his reputation.

I am left with the impression the power elite of the Church, the State and the major non-profits are determined to take care of one of their loyal servants, regardless of how much distaste this leaves with observers. This matter will only go away by Marc dealing with it directly, honestly and with contrition. Until that happens, he is tainted, as are the organizations who employ him.

on February 10,2012 | 05:19PM
iwanaknow wrote:
Wow laulau, Marc is a cat with nine lives....he seems to have landed on his feet, fur intact and nothing singed(burnt)i..........put his story in future Business textbook case studies?
on February 10,2012 | 05:48PM
High_Society wrote:
Only a matter of time before he gets caught banging some homeless woman. It's in his blood.
on February 10,2012 | 07:15PM
BRock wrote:
Shameful post. You must be a real butt wipe.
on February 10,2012 | 07:32PM
Sat wrote:
I am happy for IHS and for Mark. Great work will follow. Connie Mitchell is a great leader with great talent in attracting great people who dedicate their lives to helping the homeless.
on February 10,2012 | 07:49PM
kapoleitalkstory wrote:
IHS will never get another donation from me or my friends while this alleged sexual predator is working there and getting a paycheck! He is a horrible little man that should never be near vulnerable women or children!
on February 12,2012 | 09:33PM
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