HILO, Hawaii – The confirmation of Bobby Jean Leithead-Todd as Environmental Management Director is generating some controversy.
The appointment was made by Mayor Billy Kenoi, but needs the approval of the Hawaii County Council.
The Environmental Management Director is in charge of managing the solid waste, wastewater, and recycling programs of the county, according to the county charter. However, the charter’s section on job qualifications has Kohala Councilwoman Margaret Wille’s attention. Wille wrote in a recent newsletter to constituents:
The section of the Hawaii County Charter reads:
|Section 6-10.3. Director.
The director of environmental management shall be appointed by the mayor, confirmed by the council, and may be removed by the mayor. The director shall have had a minimum of five years of administrative experience in a related field and an engineering degree or a degree in a related field.
Leithead-Todd, who has a law degree, is no stranger to the position. In 2007-2008,she held the OEM director job. Still, Wille’s concerns are echoed by Kona resident Cheryl King, who wrote in an email to Big Island Video News:
Leithead-Todd tried to address these concerns on Facebook, in the group called “Opala in Paradise”, which was started to organize rubbish cleanups in communities around the island.
|Bobby Jean Leithead-Todd
The confirmation of Duane Kanuha as Planning Director is also generating concern from Wille. Kanuha is taking over the position vacated by Todd. He, too, was once director of the same department.
The Hawaii County Council meets in Hilo on Wednesday (July 10)…