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Bill seeks to protect attorneys before new mayor takes over

Harry Kim (Image: Hawaii News Now/file) Harry Kim (Image: Hawaii News Now/file)

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) - The Hawaii County Council is trying to protect the jobs of attorneys who represent the county before mayor-elect Harry Kim takes office in December.

West Hawaii Today reports that Office of Corporation Counsel appointee Joe Kamelamela has notified attorneys in the office, who defend the county in lawsuits, that some of them may lose their jobs when Kim takes over for Mayor Billy Kenoi.

All 11 deputy attorney positions run co-terminus with the mayor.

But the county council approved a measure last week that would change that rule, giving the mayor and council authority over the hiring and firing of attorneys in the corporation counsel. The bill faces a final reading next week before heading to Kenoi for approval.

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