Louise Kim McCoy, the press secretary for Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle, is in line for the post as Gov. Neil Abercrombie’s communications director.
Donalyn Dela Cruz, Abercrombie’s spokeswoman, said the administration was not prepared to make an official announcement on Friday because a decision to hire McCoy had not been finalized.
Other sources say that McCoy has yet to meet personally with Abercrombie about the job, but is expected to next week.
McCoy, a former television news reporter, was a spokeswoman for the state Department of Public Safety under former Gov. Linda Lingle.
Her husband, Jim McCoy, was a public-relations adviser to Abercrombie’s campaign for governor in 2010.