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Labor director Ching stepping down

Darwin Ching Darwin Ching

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - State Department of Labor and Industrial Relations Director Darwin Ching is stepping down June 15, according to the governor's office. Last month, Ching formed an exploratory committee to look into seeking the city prosecutor's job if the office becomes available.

Current City Prosecutor Peter Carlisle has said he plans to leave office to run for Honolulu mayor if Mayor Mufi Hannemann resigns to run for governor. Hannemann has indicated that he will make an announcement about his political intentions soon.

Ching is a former deputy city prosecutor. He was appointed labor director in 2007 at the start of Governor Linda Lingle's second term.

"During his tenure, Darwin was instrumental in assisting thousands of Hawaii's workers who lost their jobs as the global recession impacted our state… I wish him well in his future pursuits" said Governor Linda Lingle.

Lingle named Pearl Imada Iboshi to serve as DLIR's interim director.  Imada Iboshi is currently deputy director of the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT).  She also served as the state's economist and as a member of the Council on Revenues since 1997. 

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