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Posted: Tuesday, December 4th, 2012 9:15 AM HST

New County Government takes office

By Ken Hupp - 67AM KPUA News

The new Hawai`i County government has officially assumed office following Monday’s inauguration ceremonies in Hilo where the Mayor, Prosecuting Attorney and County Council were sworn into office. Mayor Billy Kenoi officially began his second term
by thanking those who had helped navigate the challenges of the past four years, and singled out Managing Director Bill Takaba, who stepped down after nearly four decades
of service.

“His guiding hand has gone far to making sure the toughest, past four years turned out to be healthy, safe ones for everyone,” Kenoi said. “How about a round of applause to
a man who is retiring after serving seven Mayors in 39 years in the County of Hawai`i.Bill Takaba.”

Council Chair J. Yoshimoto pledged a collaborative effort by all nine members of the legislative body to work together with the Mayor to give the public the kind ofgovernment it wants and demands.

“When you ask me what I foresee for the next two years, I see a lot of hard work,” Yoshimoto said. “I see a lot of challenging issues that will come up before us, and I believe nine of us can make the tough decisions, along with the Mayor, to make
our island home a better place.”

Prosecutor Mitch Roth said he plans to bring some important life lessons to the office, starting with the foundation of his successful come from behind campaign.

“One of which is to have faith,” Roth said. “And if you don’t believe faith can move mountains, just think about where we came from.”

New County Government takes office 2-2-2

Roth said his goals will include improving the time it takes to get cases through the system. Content for this story was provided by Big Island Video News.

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