Kaua‘i resident Allan Smith has been named interim director of the Department of Land and Natural Resources until Gov. Linda Lingle finds a replacement for Peter Young.
Young was not reconfirmed by the state Legislature last week. A committee has been formed and tasked with compiling a “short list” of names for the governor, said Lingle spokesperson Russell Pang.
Once a name is chosen by Lingle, that person must then go through the confirmation process once the Legislature reconvenes early next year.
Though Smith will serve as the interim director, that does not preclude him from applying for the position himself, Pang said.
“I appreciate Allan’s willingness to step forward to serve as DLNR interim director as the search committee looks for a permanent director,” said Lingle, in a press release. “Allan’s history of leadership experience in land management and agribusiness will ensure a seamless transition as DLNR continues to work with environmental, Hawaiian, cultural, business, and agricultural groups to protect, manage and enhance Hawai‘i’s natural and cultural resources.”
Smith recently retired as senior vice president of Kauai-based Grove Farm. He was elected by voters to serve as a Kaua‘i Island Utility Cooperative director in February. He also sits on several boards on Kaua‘i including: Central Pacific Bank Advisory Board, Queen Emma Foundation (chair), Kaua‘i Farm Bureau, Contractors Association of Kaua‘i, and Hale Opio.
Smith could not be reached for comment.
Lingle also announced yesterday that Young will serve in a vacant exempt position at DLNR. His name will be sent Friday to the Water Commission to become interim water deputy. Young will assist Smith with the director’s transition as well as assume some of the administrative responsibilities currently handled by deputy director Bob Masuda whose last day with DLNR is May 30.