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McManaman returning as Department of Human Services director


Gov. Neil Abercrombie is welcoming the return of Patricia McManaman as director of the Department of Human Services (DHS), effective Monday, following a short leave of absence.

“I’m happy to see Pat back in a position to build on the solid foundation she has built in the department,” Abercrombie said. “Mahalo to Deputy Director Barbara Yamashita for stepping up and taking on additional duties to sustain the great work of DHS during Pat’s absence.”

McManaman has served under the Abercrombie Administration since its inception in December 2010. She led the department during a difficult time due to the economic recession, when programs and funding were scaled down.

Her leadership and innovation helped drive through these difficult times, and her passion and commitment moved the department forward as it improved services and expanded programs.

Prior to her directorship position, McManaman practiced law in Hawaii for more than 30 years, holding a variety of public interest legal positions.

She also served as a per diem judge in the District Court and Family Court of the First Circuit, State of Hawaii for 17 years.

McManaman has received a variety of awards and recognition for her leadership in social and public health issues.

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