Another ethics complaint filed against Big Island mayor

Another ethics complaint filed against Big Island mayor

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi is the subject of another ethics complaint, this one saying political favoritism led to his campaign manager landing the top job at the Office of Aging.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports Office of Aging Director Kimo Alameda has been in the role since April, and is being paid a salary of $110,000 to oversee a dozen employees.

Kapaau resident Lanric Hyland filed the complaint and says Alameda doesn't have the two years of required supervisory experience to fill the role.

Hyland also filed the April complaint against Kenoi over his inappropriate credit card charges.

Kenoi said he wasn't involved in the hiring and that Alameda is well qualified.

Alameda says he doesn't see a conflict since he won't be running any mayoral campaigns for the termed-out official.

The county's ethics board will discuss the complaint July 8 in Hilo.

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