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Executive at Hawaii emergency management to retire — but not because of the bogus missile alert

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The executive officer of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency has announced plans to retire. 

But he says the decision doesn't have anything to do with the backlash from a false ballistic missile alert sent Jan. 13.

In a Facebook post, Toby Clairmont said he'd long planned to retired this year.

"I will continue to serve the US and Hawaii to the best of my ability then retire," he said, in the post, in which he also expressed thanks to the support he'd received from friends and family.

"As for now, I take things a day at a time focusing on the needs of my staff and the organization I serve."

Clairmont reports to Vern Miyagi, administrator of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency.

The state's adjutant general serves as the agency's director. 

There have been no resignations at the agency linked to the false alarm about the inbound ballistic missile, which sent the islands into a panic for 38 minutes.

"Your kindness is much appreciated and it helps me cope with the current situation," Clairmont said in the Jan. 20 Facebook post.

"Although I do not appear to be the target of this nastiness, I am heavily involved in the ballistic missile preparedness program. My fingerprints are appropriately everywhere. Although many of you have asked, it would not be appropriate for me to share what happened since the mishap or how I believe it occurred. That must be left to someone else and another time."

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