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Longtime Kauai County spokeswoman to join Syngenta

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) - A Kauai County spokeswoman is headed for a new job as community outreach manager for Syngenta.

Beth Tokioka's last day with the county will be March 16. She starts a week later at Syngenta on Kauai.

Lihue newspaper The Garden Island reports Tokioka began working at the county in 1994 as then-Mayor Maryanne Kusaka's executive secretary.

That's when the island when was still recovering from Hurricane Iniki. Tokioka had just moved to Kauai when the hurricane struck in 1992 and she was working as an associate sales manager at the former Hyatt Regency Kauai.

Syngenta Hawaii spokesman Mark Phillipsborn says the company is thrilled to have her highly regarded expertise.

Tokioka says her decision to join Syngenta is based on a desire to bolster the island's agricultural industry.

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