Hawaii public safety director receives national award

Hawaii Public Safety Director Ted Sakai (center) poses with previous award winners.

Hawaii Department of Public Safety director Ted Sakai has been named the top corrections director in the nation.

Sakai received the 2014 Michael Francke Award, established in 1992 by the Association of State Correctional Administrators to recognize an outstanding ASCA member in the nation and that member’s dedication to corrections.

“This year’s recipient has many decades of service in the field of corrections and is both liked and respected throughout the field,” said Christopher Epps, the association’s current president and Commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Corrections. “It was evident that this year’s recipient has made many contributions over the years and even more importantly has touched a number of lives throughout his service as Director. He has an uncanny ability to not only lead effectively, but also cares for others as demonstrated by his record of service.”

The award was named after Michael Francke, director of the Oregon Department of Corrections, who was murdered by a former inmate as he left his office in Salem on Jan. 17, 1989.

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