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Caldwell announces key cabinet picks

By Gordon Y.K. Pang

LAST UPDATED: 4:57 p.m. HST, Dec 29, 2012

Mayor-elect Kirk Caldwell has tapped two former aides to House Speaker Calvin Say to work as his top lieutenants at City Hall, Caldwell announced in a release this afternoon.

Ember Shinn, an attorney and one-time chief of staff to Say, was named Caldwell’s managing director, the mayor’s second-in-command. She is the first woman to serve in that capacity, the release said.

The deputy managing director will be Georgette Deemer, who has served as communications director for the state House majority. Prior to that, she spent 15 years as state film commissioner.

In announcing the picks, Caldwell said he is fulfilling a vow to include more diversity in his cabinet. Caldwell got to know both women well as house majority leader under Say.

Caldwell is being sworn in on Wednesday.

Other picks include:

>> Jesse Broder Van Dyke, director of communications.

>> Michael D. Formby, director of transportation services.

>> Lori Kahikina, director of environmental services.

>> Sheri Kajiwara, director of customer services.

>> Carolee C. Kubo, director of human resources.

>> Pamela Witty Oakland, director of community services.

>> Mark Knapp Rigg, director of emergency services.

>> Ross Sasamura, director of facility maintenance.

>> Chris T. Takashige, director of design and construction.

Key posts that remain unfilled including corporation counsel and the directors of budget and fiscal services, enterprise services, information technology, medical examiner, parks and recreation, and planning and permitting.

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