Arakawa names county housing department chief

HONOLULU (AP) - Maui Mayor-elect Alan Arakawa has appointed a new chief of the county Department of Housing & Human Concerns.

Jo-Ann Ridao, the current deputy director of the agency, was named Friday to its top post.

Ridao will be responsible for managing and overseeing the operations and budgets of seven divisions that handle housing, aging, immigration, grants and early childhood issues.

Arakawa also announced his appointment of Janice Shishido as Ridao's deputy.

A school teacher for nearly 30 years, she currently chairs the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board, and is a member of the state political action committee for Hawaii State Teachers Association.

The appointments do not require council confirmation.

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