Honolulu Ethics Commission selects new executive director, legal counsel

Jan Yamane

The Honolulu Ethics Commission has chosen a new executive director and legal counsel.

Jan Yamane assumes the role, effective immediately. She previously served as the acting state auditor.

Charles Totto stepped down from the post on June 15. It was a position he held since April 2000.

“I think my effectiveness is at an end here,” he previously told KHON2. “In terms of that effectiveness, there are decisions that have been made that put some of our complaint cases in limbo, decisions that have been made that make it more difficult for us to bring charges against subjects of a complaint. There have always been difficulties with the administration in terms of getting sufficient funding and resources to do the work we need to do.”

Laurie Wong-Nowinski served as acting executive director in the interim.

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