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12. HAWAI`I: Corporation Counsel

QUESTION: Shall the Charter of the County of Hawai`i be amended to require that qualifications to serve as the Corporation Counsel include being licensed to practice law for at least five years and having at least three years of supervisory experience?To see the proposed language changes and Fiscal Impact Statements prepared by the County of Hawai`i Department of Finance, go to https://www.hawaiicounty.gov/Home/Components/News/News/2444/.CHARTER COMMISSION SUMMARY: This proposal would provide additional qualification requirements associated with legal and administrative experience. This proposal was brought forth by the Corporation Counsel. The commission finds that the Corporation Counsel should have the acument to handle the myriad of legal issues that the county handles on a daily basis, and the skills to manage, supervise, and operate a governmental legal department. Further, the durations of experience for legal and administrative functions exercised by the corporation counsel noted in the proposal are reasonable minimum qualifications.FISCAL IMPACT: None. The additional experience requirements are not expected to require an increase in salary that is set by the Salary Commission.WHAT YOUR VOTE MEANS:A "YES" vote means that you are IN FAVOR of the amendment and the Charter of the County of Hawai`i will be changed as proposed.A "NO" vote means that you are AGAINST the amendment and the Charter of the County of Hawai`i will not be changed as proposed.ARGUMENTS IN FAVOR:-Expanding and defining the minimum qualifications for the Corporation Counsel provide guidelines that are consistent with similar positions in the private section.-The updated job requirements for Corporation Counsel better reflect the importance of the position's administrative duties.-Using nonspecific wording (such as "responsible administrative capacity") provides County Council members some flexibility when assessing the administrative experience of candidates for Corporation Counsel.ARGUMENTS AGAINST:-Delineating Corporation Counsel job qualifications may limit the ability of the Mayor to appoint a candidate deemed to be appropriate.-Using an ambiguous term, such as "responsible administrative capacity," does not provide useful guidance.-Meeting the requirement for supervisory experience might exclude otherwise well-qualified candidates.

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