HI-EMA administrator Doug Mayne to leave post in September

Doug Mayne

Doug Mayne, the current administrator for the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, will be leaving his position next month.

Mayne came to Hawaii from Washington State in March 2012 and will be moving back to be closer to his aging parents and in-laws.

Mayne’s last day at HI-EMA is scheduled to be Sept. 10.

The administrator oversees the day-to-day administration, training and readiness of HI-EMA personnel, as well as coordinates with private industries and county, state and federal disaster response agencies.

“Doug has been a very effective leader over the past three and a half years,” said Maj. Gen. Arthur “Joe” Logan, state adjutant general and director of HI-EMA. “He was instrumental in the revision of the laws governing emergency management in the State of Hawaii. Thanks to Doug’s research and hard work, we now have a statute reflecting that counties are in charge of Emergency Management in their jurisdictions. The revision of the Hawaii Revised Statue also clarified the Governor’s and Mayors’ roles before, during, and after an emergency, and updated decades old references to out of date federal laws.”

Mayne is also credited with updating Hawaii’s Catastrophic Hurricane Plan and integrating the FEMA Whole Community approach into the development of the Hawaii Hazards Awareness & Resilience Program (HHARP).

Vern Miyagi, executive officer for the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, has been appointed to be the new administrator.

Miyagi joined HI-EMA on March 12, 2012. His primary responsibilities have been to support the administrator of Emergency Management and provide staff integration for all Branch Chiefs and Special Staff at HI-EMA.

Miyagi is a retired Hawaii Army National Guard member with 37 years of service and has participated in the planning, exercising, and executing of humanitarian assistance and disaster response operations at both the domestic and international levels.

During the Hurricane Iniki operation, he served as the operations officer for the deployed joint task force responsible for military support to relief operations. While serving at U. S. Pacific Command, he also participated in a variety of disaster relief operations, including the 2004 Asian Tsunami.

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