HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Governor Neil Abercrombie announced today that his Chief of Staff, Amy Asselbaye, and Deputy Chief of Staff, Andrew Aoki, have resigned.
Bruce Coppa, currently the State's Comptroller, has been named the Chief of Staff.
Their resignations will be effective by the end of the month and a transition of leadership is underway.
Asselbaye and Aoki informed Governor Abercrombie earlier this week of their decision to resign in order to spend more time with their families and young children. Asselbaye has three children; Aoki has two young children.
Governor Abercrombie will begin the search for Coppa's replacement.
"Amy and Andrew and their families have sacrificed for years on behalf of the people of Hawaii and I respect their desires to want to reconnect with their families," Governor Abercrombie said. "The two of them have helped me make the transition from the campaign to governing. I'm sure the transition to continued leadership in the Governor's Office will be a smooth one."
Asselbaye has worked for Governor Abercrombie for 18 years, first as a legislative assistant for then-Congressman Abercrombie and was eventually promoted as his Congressional Office's Chief of Staff. Aoki has worked with Governor Abercrombie for 2 ½ years, first in the 2010 gubernatorial campaign as the deputy campaign manager before joining the Abercrombie Administration.