Colin Kippen will have to show up to work Wednesday, after all.
Kippen’s tenure as the governor’s coordinator on homelessness was supposed to expire at the end of June, but Gov. David Ige told reporters at Monday’s press conference that he extended Kippen’s contract for another month.
This is the third time that Ige decided to keep Kippen around on an interim basis.
In November, Ige first approached Kippen and asked him to stay in his post through the end of last year — only to change his mind late December and extend the offer for another six months.
Gov. David Ige announced Colin Kippen’s contract extension at Monday’s press conference.
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Whether Kippen, an appointee of former Gov. Neil Abercrombie, will get a fourth extension when his new contract wraps up at the end of July is unclear.
Ige said he’s now in the process of evaluating Kippen’s performance, as well as the state of Hawaii’s overall homelessness response system.
To make a steady progress on the issue, the governor said it’s important that the state makes specific goals. “There are lots of details to be worked through,” he said. “Homelessness is a complex and tough issue.”
But Hawaii has long been part of the nationwide effort — under a goal set by President Barack Obama in 2010 — to end veteran homelessness by the end of this year and chronic homelessness by 2017.
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