Council, prosecuting attorney sworn in virtually

  • Contributed by County of Kaua‘i County

    Prosecuting Attorney Justin Kollar, front center, and staff were sworn in by Chief Judge Randal Valenciano Tuesday, and stand on the front steps of the Historic County Building in Lihu‘e.

  • Contributed / County of Kaua‘i

    Councilmembers, from left, Bernard Carvalho Jr., Arryl Kaneshiro, Luke Evslin, Felicia Cowden, KipuKai Kuali‘i, Mason Chock and Billy DeCosta were sworn in Tuesday, Dec. 1 for their two-year term serviing the people of Kaua‘i.

LIHU‘E — There was a bit less fanfare Tuesday than in years past as the 2021-22 Kaua‘i County Council pledged their oaths to the people of Kaua‘i and were sworn in as councilmembers.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting was physically closed to spectators, who logged on to the brief, 10-minute inaugural meeting.

“It’s a great honor that I get to kick off this new council,” said Mayor Derek Kawakami, a former councilmember who called the meeting to order virtually outside of the council chambers in the Historic County Building.

Councilmembers unanimously nominated and appointed Arryl Kaneshiro as cChair for the next two years. Mason Chock will take on the duty of vice chair, formerly held by Ross Kagawa.

County Clerk Jade K. Fountain-Tanigawa and Deputy County Clerk Scott K. Sato were reappointed to their positions.

In a separate ceremony, Prosecuting Attorney Justin F. Kollar was sworn-in for another four-year term, in a position he has held since 2012.

  1. truth be known December 2, 2020 12:14 pm Reply

    It’s too bad we’re not also “swearing in” a County Auditor to keep the honest folks honest. It is a complete travesty that this position still goes unfilled. Government without accountability is a recipe for corruption. Be sure to put a lock on the County gasoline pump.

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