HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Governor-elect David Ige on Friday announced the appointment of Mike McCartney as his chief of staff when he assumes office on December 1, 2014. McCartney is currently the president and chief executive officer of the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), a position he has held since 2009.
"Mike is a proven leader with experience as president and CEO of the HTA, a state senator and appointed State department director, making him an outstanding choice to serve as the chief of staff in my administration." said Governor-elect David Ige, "As my former colleague in the State Senate, I know Mike is a committed public servant who is dedicated to making Hawai'i a better place for future generations. I am pleased that he has agreed to join my team."
McCartney served for 10 years in the State Senate, where he held positions as the vice president, majority leader, education chair, labor chair and government operations chair. He also was appointed by Governor Ben Cayetano to serve in his cabinet as the director of the State Department of Human Resource Development. In addition, McCartney served as the executive director of the Hawaii State Teachers Association, president and CEO of PBS Hawaii and chairman of the Democratic Party of Hawai'i.
"This is an exciting time for our state, and I am honored to be asked by Governor-elect Ige to serve on his cabinet," said McCartney. "This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help create a meaningful future for Hawai'i and our keiki under Governor-elect Ige's leadership. I look forward to continuing to serve the people of Hawai'i in my new role."
McCartney will resign from his position at the HTA on Nov. 21, 2014. He will assume his new position as chief of staff on December 1st and will be instrumental in the transition process.