State seeks applicants for ethics commission executive director

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The Hawaii State Ethics Commission is accepting applications for the position of executive director of the commission.

Leslie Kondo, who served as executive director for five years, was recently appointed and confirmed as state auditor. His term commenced on May 1.

The executive director functions as the administrator and chief legal counsel for the commission, overseeing the administration and enforcement of the State Ethics Code for state officials and the Lobbyists Law. The executive director provides overall leadership in guiding all aspects of the commission’s programs and activities which include, among other things: issuing advisory opinions to state officials about the ethics laws; investigating complaints of ethics violations; administering financial disclosure and gifts disclosure laws for state officials; administering registration and reporting laws for lobbyists; and educating state officials and the public about ethics in government.

“It’s a challenging job, but one that provides an opportunity to make an important contribution to ethics in state government,” said commission chair Susan DeGuzman. “We are looking for someone who is committed to maintaining high ethical standards for state elected officials and other state employees.”

Application information is available online here, and the deadline to apply is May 31.

A note of clarification, this position is for executive director of the state’s commission, not the Honolulu Ethics Commission, for which Charles Totto serves as executive director and legal counsel.

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