McManaman returns as Dept. of Human Services director

Patricia McManaman

Patricia McManaman is returning to her post as director of the Dept. of Human Services, 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,” Gov. Neil 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 said in a statement that she is very happy to be returning to the department. She left her position last month due to personal reasons.

McManaman served under the Abercrombie administration since its inception in December 2010 and led the department during an economic recession, when programs and funding were scaled down.

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.

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