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Fuchigami leaving DOT for city post

    Effective Nov. 1

State Acting Transportation Director Ford Fuchigami will step down from that post to lead the city’s Department of Enterprise Services, Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s office announced Tuesday.

The switch is effective Nov. 1. Fuchigami replaces current Enterprise Servicers Director Gerald Saito, who announced several weeks ago that he is returning to retirement.

Fuchigami, the state airports administrator since December 2010, stepped up to become interim DOT director in May when Glenn Okimoto stepped down to return to employment at the University of Hawaii.

Prior to joining DOT, Fuchigami spent 34 years in the private sector primarily with the hospitality industry.

The Enterprise Services Department oversees most money-making ventures of the city, including the Honolulu Zoo, Neal S. Blaisdell Center, Waikiki shell and all city golf courses. It also manages vending contracts at city facilities.

“Ford brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from the private sector and state government to the Department of Enterprise Services,” Caldwell said, in a release. 

Fuchigami’s nomination needs confirmation from the Honolulu City Council.

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