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Manager and Chief Engineer of the County Department of Water Supply Named

Quirino Antonio has been named by the County Water Board as the new Manager and Chief Engineer of the Department of Water Supply. He replaces Milton Pavao, who is retiring at the end of the year.

Having worked with the Department for 37 years, Antonio’s qualifications and experience extend far beyond the minimum requirements of the position. He has been a registered professional engineer for 31 years, and has 17 years of direct administrative experience having been the deputy of the department since 1995. Immediately prior, Antonio served as the Head of the Water Resources and Planning Branch in the Department’s Engineering Division for 13 years.

Antonio has developed in-depth understanding and knowledge of the potable drinking water industry, applicable federal and state laws, county codes and ordinances, departmental rules and regulations and various other policies. “Through all my work experience, I’ve dealt with individuals and entities in the public and private sectors that has given me great awareness of how things work.”

Originally from Pepe‘ekeo, Antonio has lived on Hawaii island all of his life.

Mayor Billy Kenoi said Antonio’s appointment brings with it many years of valuable experience and institutional knowledge of the Department of Water Supply. “The Water Department is in good hands,” Kenoi said. “And because of Quirino’s experience, this should be a seamless transition.”

Contact Kanani Aton Keliikoa at (808) 961-8050 ext. 204 for more information.

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