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Monday, May 27, 2002

Budget director leaves
for civil service

Neal Miyahira will step down as budget director to take a civil service job in the state Budget Department, said Gov. Ben Cayetano.

The governor announced that Miyahira will resign to become the administrator of the budget, program, planning and management division within the state budget office.

Cayetano said he will name Stan Shiraki, deputy finance director, as the new head of the budget office.

Jean Nagao, assistant administrator of the budget program planning and management division, will take Shiraki's job as deputy budget director.

"Stan Shiraki and Jean Nagao have more than 50 years of combined experience and knowledge in budgeting and financial management," Cayetano said.

Shiraki is the former city chief budget officer, and Nagao is a 23-year veteran of the Budget Department.

All the appointments are effective next Monday. Because Cayetano's term of office ends in December, it is expected that the next governor will appoint a new budget director. Miyahira's position, however, is civil service and will continue into the new administration.

Evans to run for House

WAIKOLOA, Hawaii >> Cindy Evans, a former Washington state land and resource manager, has announced her candidacy for the state House of Representatives, 7th District.

The district comprises parts of North Kona and South Kohala. The seat is now held by Republican Jim Rath.

Evans describes herself as an independent Democratic and a fiscal conservative.

District needs include support for resorts suffering from the effects of Sept. 11; a new middle school for Waimea; improved highways, including a bypass around Waimea; and health-care support for baby boomers moving to the area, she said.

Evans settled in Waikoloa in 1998 after helping develop infrastructure for hospitals in Malaysia; managing forests, aquatic resources and commercial properties for Washington state; and working for AT&T for 13 years.

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