The State Department of Health has selected William J. May to head the Hawaii State Hospital.
May will be the new administrator for the Kaneohe psychiatric facility starting July 7.
“Mr. May has the level of experience needed to manage the complex operations of the only psychiatric hospital in the state,” health director Linda Rosen said in a prepared statement.
May previously held chief executive positions in three psychiatric facilities in New Jersey for 12 years, and will be leaving for Hawaii from his current position as superintendent of the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo.
He was reportedly recognized by the Colorado Department of Human Services for significantly improving the performance of the Pueblo institute.
In early April, the acting administrator of the Hawaii State Hospital, William Elliott, was grilled in a hearing with state senators about reports of violence and mismanagement at the hospital, as well as questioning his qualifications.