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Gov. David Ige’s cabinet and staff is still getting shaken up.
Ige announced Friday that he would be appointing state Tax Director Linda Chu Takayama as his chief of staff.
Takayama will take over the new position Aug. 1. The administration still needs to find a replacement to head the state tax department, which brings in over $7 billion in revenue each year for Hawaii.
Ige also appointed Keith Yamamoto as his chief operating officer.
Yamamoto was previously the first deputy director for the state Department of Health during former Gov. Neil Abercrombie’s administration.
The chief of staff position was previously combined with the administrative director. Ford Fuchigami held the two offices until he resigned in May.
Fuchigami replaced current state Director of Business Economic Development and Tourism Mike McCartney as Ige’s chief of staff earlier this year.
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Blaze Lovell is a reporter for Civil Beat and a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He was born and raised on Oahu. You can reach him at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter at @blaze_lovell