A third board member asked by Gov. Neil Abercrombie to resign said Tuesday that he plans to do so.

Eric Beaver of the Public Housing Authority told Civil Beat that he’ll be accommodating the governor’s request, making him only the third of 28 former Gov. Linda Lingle appointees to step down.

But most are resisting the governor. To date, 18 appointees who received letters from Abercrombie plan to stay put.

“I decided to attend the resignation at the request of the governor…out of respect for [his] position and after hearing about his desires to improve the public housing situation,” Beaver said. “I certainly wouldn’t want to be in the way of any improvement that he and his team or appointees try to implement.”

Beaver made the decision early last week after considerable deliberation, he said, noting that he was off-island traveling when Abercrombie first sought his resignation.

Abercrombie in mid-June sent the “courtesy” letters to the members on the Housing Authority, The Stadium Authority, Land Use Commission, Public Utilities Commission and the Board of Land and Natural Resources. The letters requested that they resign so that the governor could rebuild the state administration as part of his “New Day in Hawaii” plan.

“I’m thrilled that we have a governor who wants to help solve or address some of the housing issues through his “New Day” plan,” said Beaver.

Besides Beaver, only two other appointees have said they’ll resign: Lawrence Tseu of the Stadium Authority and Matilda Yoshioka of the Public Housing Authority.

The Housing Authority has lost seven of the nine Lingle-appointed members. Along with Beaver and Yoshioka, four had terms that have expired and one resigned earlier this year before receiving Abercrombie’s request.

The two Housing Authority members who are not resigning include Travis Thompson and Roger Godfrey. Godfrey told Civil Beat of his decision Friday.

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