Department of Environmental Management, Lono Tyson, Resigns

Media Release:

Mayor Billy Kenoi has accepted the resignation of Hawai‘i County Director of Environmental Management (DEM), Lono Tyson, effective June 30, 2010.

Tyson was Mayor Kenoi’s choice for the DEM director job from the beginning of his administration on December 1, 2008.

Tyson had served Hawai`i County previously as Solid Waste Division Chief from September 2003 to July 2005, when he moved to Australia with his future wife. Mayor Kenoi asked him to return as DEM director in December 2008.

Tyson and his wife decided to move back to Australia to be closer to their family.  Since Tyson’s return to the Big Island at the beginning of 2009, Tyson has witnessed the marriages of his two children who reside in Australia and is expecting the birth of his second grandchild in August.

“My time as director for this department has been extremely rewarding and has reinforced my respect and gratitude to all County workers, especially those whom I have had the good fortune to work with,” Tyson said.

Mayor Kenoi praised Tyson’s work.

“At the time I knew I made a solid pick for director of Environmental Management and I was not disappointed,” said Mayor Kenoi. “Environmental Management is one of our toughest departments in the County to manage and Lono Tyson did an outstanding job. We will miss his expertise and tremendous attitude, but I understand the desire to be nearer to his family. We wish him well and the best of luck in his new ventures ‘Down Under.’”

A search for Tyson’s replacement is under way.

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