Gov. Neil Abercrombie, asked Thursday night whether he has heard from the 28 members of boards and commissions that he has asked to resign, said: “Some people I have, some people I haven’t.”
“I just think it makes good sense for anybody who comes in to do it. So I thought, as I said, quite candidly for them, this is not a comment on your service any more than it was for the elected Board of Education (replaced by an appointed board),” the governor told reporters after a community meeting at Washington Middle School.
“But I think the record so far of the appointed board is pretty good, and I’d just like that opportunity. There’s a lot of things that, as you can see tonight, people are anxious about, they’re a little bit scared, they’re a little concerned that we’re not going to be able to move on things like housing that fast enough.
“So I just simply wanted the opportunity to be able to put forward our vision.”
Earlier Thursday, William Aila, Abercrombie’s choice as director of the state Department of Land and Natural Resources and the chairman of the land board, said the board’s six other members do not have to resign and would likely stay on until their terms expire.
Two board members — Robert Pacheco of the Big Island and Ron Agor of Kauai — said they would not resign. The others either declined comment, said they would inform the governor in writing, or were not available for comment.
*Update: Lisa Judge, who represents Maui on the Land Use Commission, said Friday that she will not resign.