State DHS director stepping down

Patricia McManaman
Patricia McManaman

Patricia McManaman, director of the Department of Human Services, announced Friday that she will be stepping down from her position due to personal reasons.

McManaman has served under the Abercrombie Administration since its inception in Dec. 2010. She says it has been an “incredible honor” to serve the people of Hawaii.

“The Department of Human Services exists to improve the lives of the most vulnerable and needy in our communities,” stated McManaman. “I have worked alongside dedicated people in the department who truly believe in the work of helping others. I am extremely humbled and grateful to have served with them and know there will be a seamless transition to continue the work started under this Administration.”

Gov. Neil Abercrombie expressed his gratitude for McManaman’s service stating: “Pat has been a leader in our community for decades and has directly and indirectly touched many lives. Her persistence in doing what’s just, and her experience and knowledge has helped to right many a ship.”

McManaman 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.

The governor is placing Deputy Director Barbara Yamashita as acting Director.

“Pat will be missed as our Director, but she has laid solid foundation for moving forward,” Yamashita said.

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