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Deadline to Apply for State Ethics and Campaign Spending Commissions Extended

The Judicial Council has extended the deadline to apply for vacancies on the Hawai`i State Ethics Commission and the Campaign Spending Commission.  The new application deadline is Friday, March 31, 2017. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, residents of the State of Hawai`i, and may not hold any other public office.

Applicants from all islands may apply.  Travel expenses incurred by neighbor island members to attend meetings on O`ahu will be reimbursed.

The Ethics Commission addresses ethical issues involving legislators, registered lobbyists, and state employees (with the exception of judges, who are governed by the Commission on Judicial Conduct).  The five commission members are responsible for investigating complaints, providing advisory opinions, and enforcing decisions issued by the Commission.  The Hawai`i State Constitution prohibits members of the Ethics Commission from taking an active part in political management or political campaigns.

The primary duty of the five members of the Campaign Spending Commission is to supervise campaign contributions and expenditures.  Campaign Spending Commissioners are prohibited from participating in political campaigns or contributing to candidates or political committees.

Interested persons should submit an application, a resume, and three letters of recommendation (attesting to the applicant’s character and integrity) postmarked by March 31, 2017 to:  Judicial Council, Hawai`i Supreme Court, 417 S. King Street, Second Floor, Honolulu, Hawai`i 96813-2902.

An application form is available on the Judiciary website or can be obtained from the Communications and Community Relations Office, Room 212, Ali`iolani Hale, 417 South King Street, Honolulu, Hawai`i 96813 or by calling the Judicial Council at 539-4702.

Governor Abercrombie Appoints Members to State Ethics Commission

Gov. Neil Abercrombie today announced the reappointment of David O’Neal as well as the appointment of Melinda Wood to the State Ethics Commission (SEC), effective immediately.

“David O’Neal and Melinda Wood have proven themselves to be great leaders, equipped with knowledge, insights, and experience from which our state will directly benefit,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “I am confident the Ethics Commission’s mission will be well served.”

David O'neal

David O’neal

David O’Neal, a resident of Waipahu, brings more than 20 years of experience as a general manager, president and entrepreneur for multiple local business and associations, including Shop and Ship Hawaii LLC, Healthcare Directive Partners LLC, Hawaii Dental Partners/Akamai Dentals, Hawaii Dental Group, Hawaii Family Dental Centers, and Hawaii Medical Service Association. Since 2011, he has served as general manager for the Mililani Town Association. O’Neal is also president of the Waipahu Community Foundation, serving since 2009. Previously, he volunteered as a Waipahu Neighborhood Board member, was a member of the Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Citizen Advisory Committee, and served as part of the Kaleiopuu Elementary School Community Council. O’Neal earned a bachelor’s degree in health administration and a minor in accounting from the University of Hawaii (UH) – West Oahu.

Melinda Wood

Melinda Wood

Melinda Wood of Honolulu is currently the grants development specialist at the East-West Center. She has worked in the field of higher education for nearly 40 years in Hawaii and abroad, specializing in international relations and academic affairs. Wood’s community service includes former president and board member for Planned Parenthood of Hawaii, current board member and former chair of Planned Parenthood of Hawaii Action Network, and as a volunteer at the Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children. Wood received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from Colorado State University, a master’s degree in applied communications from the University of Denver, and a Ph.D. in educational administration from UH Manoa. She is the recipient of the Margaret Y. Oda Scholarship for Doctoral Students in Educational Administration and was awarded the Fulbright Grant for Administrators in International Education Seminar in Germany.

State Ethics Commission

Since its establishment in 1960, the SEC has promoted and enforced high standards of ethical conduct in state government and has preserve public confidence in public servants. Responsibilities of the commission include administering and enforcing State of Hawaii governmental ethics and lobbying laws. The commission’s duties include issuing advisory opinions, investigating and considering charges of alleged violations of the ethics and lobbying laws, and educating state government officials and employees and the citizenry on matters relating to ethics in government.

The Office of the Governor oversees more than 180 boards and commissions established by the state constitution, statues or executive orders.

Governor Abercrombie Appoints Two to State Ethics Commission

Gov. Neil Abercrombie today announced the appointments of David O’Neal of Waipahu and Ruth D. Tschumy of Honolulu to the State Ethics Commission, effective immediately.

David O'Neal

David O’Neal

“David is a respected and dedicated leader in the community, and Ruth has likewise contributed to our state as an educator, writer, and active member of many nonprofit boards and state task forces,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “They possess the keen intellect and integrity required of ethics commissioners as they guide our state’s officials, employees and citizenry on ethics policies.

David O’Neal, a member of the Waipahu Neighborhood Board since 2010, is the general manager of the Mililani Town Association, which serves 16,000 households. Previously, he started, owned and operated Shop and Ship Hawaii LLC, served as president of Healthcare Director Partners LLC from 2001 to 2008, and was the owner/partner of Hawaii Dental Partners / Akamai Dental from 2001 to 2011. As a volunteer, he has served as vice president of the Waipahu Community Foundation since 2009 and a member of the Citizen Advisory Committee of the Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization and the School Community Council of the Kaleiopuu Elementary School.

O’Neal earned a bachelor’s degree in health administration with a minor in accounting from the University of Hawaii at West Oahu.

Ruth Tschumy

Ruth Tschumy

Ruth D. Tschumy has served as chair of the State of Hawaii Charter School Review Panel and president of the Mediation Center of the Pacific. A former educator, administrator, mediator and consultant, she is well known for the education columns she wrote for the former Honolulu Star-Bulletin and Honolulu Advertiser. Tschumy has provided consultation services to schools and nonprofit organizations, including the Hawaii Educational Policy Center, the Honolulu Academy (now Museum) of Arts, the Hawaii Theatre Center, and numerous schools and educational associations such as the Hawaii Association of Independent Schools.

Tschumy earned a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College and master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and was the recipient of the Klingenstein Fellowship at Teachers College, Columbia University.

The State Ethics Commission administers and enforces State of Hawaii governmental ethics and lobbying laws. The commission’s duties include issuing advisory opinions, investigating and considering charges of alleged violations of the ethics and lobbying laws, and educating state government officials and employees and the public on matters relating to ethics in government.