Carlisle to decide on city and county jobs based on new expectations

Bob Fishman
Bob Fishman
Kirk Caldwell
Kirk Caldwell
Mayor-Elect Peter Carlisle
Mayor-Elect Peter Carlisle

By Teri Okita – bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - His appointments could also determine whether dozens of directors and deputy directors who head up various departments in the city and county will keep their jobs.

"What you need to do is #1, find out if they want to stay, #2 you've got to find out whether they are people who understand that there is a new day dawning and they want to be a part of it," said Mayor elect, Peter Carlisle.

More than 130-employees within the city administration are either appointed or under contract, and their jobs will be under review in the weeks to come.

"We need to be able to not lose their experience, their ability, and their expertise, and what they need to realize is that, yes, there are going to be new expectations but those expectations should be something that they're looking forward to," said Carlisle.

Mr. Carlisle has hired former city managing director, Bob Fishman, to help with those reviews. Fishman worked under Honolulu Mayor Jeremy Harris and has been tapped as a part-time consultant during this transition phase and possibly beyond that.

Mr. Carlisle has just 3 weeks to get the major players of his team in place. He'll be sworn into office October 8th.

Current Mayor Kirk Caldwell, who lost Saturday's race by 4 points, says he'll try to make the transition as smooth as possible.

"The mayor-elect, Peter Carlisle, will have access to the city. We want to make sure that he's fully briefed and understands the issues, the large ones and the small ones," said acting mayor, Kirk Caldwell.

Despite the hard-fought campaign and tough loss, Caldwell says it's time to step up.

"Yeah, emotionally, it can be hard, but at the same time, we're all professionals," said Caldwell.

Both men says they'll begin working on a transition office at Honolulu Hale as early as Tuesday. The mayor-elect planned on meeting with several city councilmembers Monday afternoon and says, once in office, the budget will be the first big issue he'll tackle.

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