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Zoo director announces resignation

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 12:27 a.m. HST, Dec 31, 2013

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<br />2013 AUGUST 15 _  EDT ZOO MAHON- Jeffrey Mahon the new zoo director poses with the Giraffes at the Honolulu Zoo on Thursday, August 15, 2013 in Honolulu, Hi.<br />photo by Kat Wade Special to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser<br />

Honolulu Zoo Director Jeffrey Mahon announced last week that he is resigning, less than six months after starting the job.

Mahon cited personal reasons, city officials said. His last day is Jan. 11. Assistant director Baird Fleming will serve as acting director until a successor is picked.

Mahon, 53, was named zoo director in July 2012. He has extensive background working at aquariums and other underwater facilities.

Mahon was chosen from a field of 40 after former director Manuel Mollinedo resigned effective March 1. Mollinedo cited personal reasons.

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FinzyKontini wrote:
"Personal reasons" = I hate that stupid giraffe always starin' at me!
on December 30,2013 | 03:26PM
GooglyMoogly wrote:
Awesome. Giraffes always wreck it for everyone.
on December 30,2013 | 03:40PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
I wouldn't stick my neck out on a statement like that.
on December 30,2013 | 05:31PM
kaleo_1 wrote:
Its a jungle out there
on December 30,2013 | 06:39PM
MANDA wrote:
Lost Manuel, now his replacement. The chances that two professionals who love their jobs have to leave so quickly for "personal reasons?"
on December 30,2013 | 03:51PM
serious wrote:
My understanding is that in most private jobs in Hawaii, if a mainlander is hired that person guarantees at least a year or he must repay the moving and other job related expenses. I wonder if the State/City does this?
on December 31,2013 | 04:49AM
Ronin006 wrote:
Rumor has it that the last two directors resigned when Mayor Caldwell learned the zoo was short some animal species and he was trying to make monkeys out of them.
on December 30,2013 | 04:15PM
Mythman wrote:
Is there any truth to the rumor that Honolulu Hale is moving to the zoo location so the two groups can work together as one?
on December 30,2013 | 04:52PM
false wrote:
Gee, so much for confidentiality.
on December 30,2013 | 04:57PM
ehowzit wrote:
on December 30,2013 | 04:34PM
HOSSANA wrote:
When the new Zoo Director saw that the real animals were located at City Hall and with the Big Monkey that had a nickname called Caldwell were living in that City Hall bldg., he was upset saying what the heck am I doing running this zoo when I should be running the real animals at City Hall and due to his lack of effectiveness in being able to train those animals, unfortunately, he resigned.
on December 30,2013 | 05:11PM
Sandybeach wrote:
From and executive perspective...this matter needs to be looked into. Something seems odd. Not good.
on December 30,2013 | 05:28PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
As he was Leaving, he said, "This place is an f'n zoo!"
on December 30,2013 | 05:32PM
kaleo_1 wrote:
too much monkey business
on December 30,2013 | 06:40PM
nitpikker wrote:
maybe when he saw what greedwood and carbone are pulling in he felt he was robbed.
on December 30,2013 | 06:55PM
Eagle156 wrote:
I wonder if it was personnel rather than personal reasons
on December 30,2013 | 06:59PM
2NDC wrote:
They caught some high level government official "playing" with the animals in inappropriate ways. They were given the choice to resign voluntarily or they would be fired to keep them quiet.
on December 30,2013 | 09:47PM
Ronin006 wrote:
Right, and when two guys do it to each other, liberals call it love and allow them to get married.
on December 31,2013 | 07:40AM
TCU808 wrote:
hen there is a high turnover of employees,
on December 30,2013 | 11:56PM
inverse wrote:
Read KI TV article on the resignation, a LOT more informative than S A. They interviewed anonymous employees and it was described that he was indecisive and he made like "Undercover Boss" and interviewed zoo employees WITHOUT identifying who he was. That can easily be verified by S A by doing their own interviews but keeping zoo employees who speak with S A as anonymous sources as well. If true, this zoo director sounds like a loser who is clueless on how to run a large government organization. Starting off with using deceit and playing games will not sit well with civil service employees, who unless they commit murder, or some other felony, cannot be fired. Caldwell really knows how to pick winners. Just like the "winning" Oahu train to nowhere project, which really his ONLY priority, just like Mufi.
on December 31,2013 | 02:55AM
Ronin006 wrote:
Interviewed zoo employees WITHOUT identifying who he was? How is that possible? After all, he was the zoo’s director and their boss. On the other hand, many people in Hawaii can’t find Washington, DC on a map, don’t know Obama is President of the United States and believe asphalt is a rectal disease.
on December 31,2013 | 07:56AM
inverse wrote:
...unnamed zoo employees interviewed...
on December 31,2013 | 10:58AM
Bdpapa wrote:
This sounds like the Cancer Research situation. Sounds like there are deeper problems in the public sector.
on December 31,2013 | 07:57AM
inverse wrote:
In the UH situation, the director stays and many top researchers leave with most complaints by the employees upheld; in the zoo case the new directer always leaves. Could be like a Nelson Bifitel situation during Lingles time where the civil service administrators right under the director make the director's position a living he ll, unless new director lets the employees at the zoo he is supposed to manage do whatever they want or how the lower managers spend the department funds. Instead of exerting serious effort to try to make things better, the easy way out is to just bail. But if it is true this new director try to trick the employees by interviewing them without telling him who he was, like Undercover Boss, which is real backstabbing way to manage people, and make stoopid incompetent decisions, then I would not blame the zoo employees for giving the new zoo director the business and make him quit. The truth probably lies somewhere in between these two extremes.
on December 31,2013 | 11:08AM
HanabataDays wrote:
They need to relocate the director's office somewhere he doesn't have to walk past the primate cages to get there. Now it's two directors in a row who got tired of having to change their shirts and wash their hair more than once a day.
on December 31,2013 | 03:17AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Bears further research as to why zoo directors leave after a very short period.
on December 31,2013 | 07:05AM
Hahaione2000 wrote:
the guy got the city to pay for his relocation to hawaii and now heʻll bail. bait and switch. heʻll find a job somewhere on the island.
on December 31,2013 | 07:26AM
inverse wrote:
Interesting point. The guy all along had no intention of becoming the permanent zoo director but just needed taxpayers to pay for his relocation to Hawaii and will qualify for unemployment and other benefits to find a higher paying and less stressful private sector or gov't job in Hawaii? He wouldn't be the first guy playing the system all at taxpayer's expense
on December 31,2013 | 07:55AM
bullturd wrote:
Eh-Keoki Kerr, Sum ting wong. do sum investigating and let us know the scoop. Me thinks the Zoo Is underfunded, understaffed, due to the underfunding. Employee's are overworked because of the underfunding. So maybe you should talk to Mr. or, Ms. underfunded?
on December 31,2013 | 09:12AM
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