Gov. David Ige’s top staff member, Administrative Director Ford Fuchigami, will resign his post later this month.

Fuchigami made the announcement during a Cabinet meeting Wednesday.

Ige spokeswoman Cindy McMillan confirmed the resignation Thursday.

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Ford Fuchigami at a hearing at the state Capitol in 2018.

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It is not clear who Ige will name to replace Fuchigami, who replaced Chief of Staff Mike McCartney at the beginning of this year.

All three men sat next to each other in the Senate gallery Thursday before the confirmation vote of McCartney to lead the state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism.

At a press conference later Thursday, Ige said, “Ford is a great public servant. He has been in that job now for two and a half years, and he has done remarkable things. Nobody works harder than Ford. He is in the office before 4 in the morning and he’s the last one out.”

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