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Witty-Oakland resigns from Caldwell administration

    City Community Services Director Pam Witty-Oakland

City Community Services Director Pam Witty-Oakland resigned from Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s Cabinet this month for personal reasons.

Witty-Oakland, a key point person for Caldwell’s sometimes controversial programs on homelessness and affordable housing, told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that she wants to spend more time with her aging parents on the mainland. Her last day was Sept. 17.

Gary Nakata, Witty-Oakland’s deputy, is serving as acting community services director until a permanent replacement can be found. An advertisement for the position ran this week in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Managing Director Ember Shinn, Nakata and homeless services coordinator Jun Yang now head efforts to combat homelessness, Caldwell spokesman Jesse Broder Van Dyke said.

Shinn and city planning official Harrison Rue are joining Nakata in formulating Caldwell’s affordable housing strategy, Broder Van Dyke said.

Witty-Oakland joined Caldwell’s Cabinet shortly after he was sworn-in as mayor in January 2013. Caldwell’s term runs through 2016.

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