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Governor's communications director moving to DOE

By Star Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 02:13 p.m. HST, Oct 19, 2012

Gov. Neil Abercrombie’s deputy director of communications will be leaving for a new job as director of communications at the state Department of Education.   

Donalyn Dela Cruz will leave the governor’s office on Oct. 31 and her first day at the DOE is Nov. 1.

“I will miss working with Donalyn on a day-to-day basis but am very happy that she will continue to serve within state government to advance our New Day Plan,” Abercrombie said in a press release. 

“This is a tremendous opportunity for Donalyn, and I am more so pleased that the Administration and the State will continue to benefit from her expertise. Education is one of my highest priorities, and Donalyn is ready to take on this new challenge as the Department of Education continues to make necessary systemic changes.” 

Deputy Chief of Staff Blake Oshiro will be overseeing communications in the governor’s office after Dela Cruz leaves.

In announcing its new director, the DOE said it is “implementing key statewide goals and strategies including improving communications.”

DOE spokeswoman Sandy Goya is now the department's school communications director, focusing on school-level communications, the DOE said.

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mcc wrote:
New day, new staff!
on October 19,2012 | 02:33PM
allie wrote:
These PR types are always on the move to something else. Hard to know what difference they make anywhere
on October 19,2012 | 02:53PM
Bdpapa wrote:
Is this a newly created position?
on October 19,2012 | 03:38PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
The highest risk job you'll ever have.....working for the Abs. They all get booted, transferred or run screaming out of there. Gotta ask why....
on October 19,2012 | 05:21PM
false wrote:
Hopefully she will be triple dipping in no time.... HIGH THREES here we come.
on October 19,2012 | 05:30PM
whs1966 wrote:
Wow! She was so tremendously successful as the communications director for the gov that I can hardly wait for her to serve the DOE. Terrific move--for her.
on October 19,2012 | 06:23PM
JWMacey wrote:
I don't think getting a new communications director will do anything to improve the Governor's reputation in this state. The people are already on to this criminal.
on October 19,2012 | 06:45PM
nontaister1 wrote:
Was wondering how long the little girl would last with Neil...
on October 19,2012 | 07:21PM
st1d wrote:
did she write the abercrombie statement?
on October 19,2012 | 08:34PM
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