Hawaii Gov. David Ige announced Tuesday that Jeffrey Pearson has been nominated to serve as deputy to the chairperson of the Commission on Water Resource Management and the commission’s chief executive officer.

Pearson is currently managing capital improvement projects at Maui County’s Department of Water Supply and previously served as water manager for Maui Land and Pineapple Co.

“Jeff Pearson is an experienced engineer and water system manager. He has the skills and experience needed to administer and implement the state’s water code and work with the Commission and various stakeholders to address the issues our state faces,” Ige said in a press release.

The commission plans to vote on Pearson’s nomination on July 15. Pearson previously served as deputy director for Maui County’s Department of Water Supply and was employed at Norman Saito Engineering, Sato & Associates, and Brown and Caldwell.

Pearson follows former deputy director of the Commission on Water Resource Management William Tam, who was appointed by former Gov. Neil Abercrombie but left at the behest of the Ige administration. His departure was disappointing to environmental groups.

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