Gov. Linda Lingle has tapped veteran state civil servant Stan Shiraki to serve as acting deputy budget and finance director.
Civil servant Shiraki
picked for budget post
By Richard Borreca
Georgina Kawamura, state budget director nominee, praised Lingle's selection, noting that Shiraki started with state government in 1970.
"Stan brings a wealth of knowledge about the Department of Budget & Finance as well as all other operating departments of the state. His continued contributions will be invaluable," Kawamura said.
The appointment was also praised by Sen. Brian Taniguchi, Ways and Means Committee chairman, who called Shiraki's selection "a good sign."
"This should be helpful for the administration," Taniguchi (D, Manoa) said. "He knows the mechanics of putting together the budget."
Shiraki said, "I have served the state through three previous administrations and now look forward to working with Gov. Lingle's team to bring continuity and a historical perspective to managing the state's finances while at the same time adopting new ways of approaching our fiscal responsibilities going forward."
Shiraki has served as director of finance since June. He joined the department in 1970 as a budget analyst and became chief of the Program Evaluation Branch in the Budget, Program Planning & Management Division.
He also served three years, starting in 1981, as city budget director under former Mayor Eileen Anderson.
Shiraki is a graduate of the University of Hawaii and Saint Louis School.
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