HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Patricia McManaman, the director of Hawaii's Department of Human Services, announced Friday she will be stepping down from her position due to personal reasons.
McManaman has served under the Abercrombie Administration since its inception in December 2010. She says it has been an "incredible honor" to serve the people of Hawaii.
"The Department of Human Services exists to improve the lives of the most vulnerable and needy in our communities," stated McManaman. "I have worked alongside dedicated people in the department who truly believe in the work of helping others. I am extremely humbled and grateful to have served with them and know there will be a seamless transition to continue the work started under this Administration."
Gov. Neil Abercrombie expressed his gratitude for McManaman's service stating: "Pat has been a leader in our community for decades and has directly and indirectly touched many lives. Her persistence in doing what's just, and her experience and knowledge has helped to right many a ship."
The Governor is placing Deputy Director Barbara Yamashita as acting Director. "Pat will be missed as our Director, but she has laid solid foundation for moving forward," said Yamashita.