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Caldwell announces budget director and deputy

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 1:36 a.m. HST, Apr 7, 2013

Mayor Kirk Caldwell announced Saturday his nomination of Nelson H. Koyanagi Jr. as budget director and Gary Kurokawa to be the deputy director.

They have served as acting director and deputy director of the Department of Budget and Fiscal Services, respectively, since January when Caldwell took office.

“Nelson and Gary proved their talent and ability as they prepared my budget this year,” the mayor said in a statement. “They have an incredible wealth of institutional knowledge about how the city budget works. They have dedicated much of their careers to making the city function and saving taxpayer money.”

Koyanagi was hired in 2003 as chief accountant to manage the Accounting and Fiscal Services Division. His duties have included financial accounting and reporting, centralized payroll, accounts payable and fiscal services for city departments and agencies.

He was deputy budget director from 2010 to 2012.

He began his career as a certified public accountant in the audit department of a national public accounting firm and managed a local commercial printing company.

Kurokawa, a 25-year city budget employee, is a licensed certified general appraiser and has served the last 15 years as Real Property Assessment Division administrator.

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