Reason for Leave of Absence Not Known
Star-Adv March 15, 2014: ...The reason for her short leave of absence was never made known to the public and surprised even her own colleagues.
Both McManaman and Gov. Neil Abercrombie's office, which announced her return on Friday, wouldn't disclose why she left in the first place.
A DHS spokeswoman told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on Thursday, the day before the announcement, that she was unaware McManaman was returning. While on leave, McManaman received her regular monthly salary of $11,128, DHS said.
On Feb. 7, McManaman announced in an internal memo to employees that she was stepping down from her position for personal reasons.
"It has been an immense honor and privilege to work with you to advance the mission of the department," she said in the letter. "Thank you for all the kindness and support you have extended to me over the past three years. I treasure all that you have taught me and will carry those lessons with me as I move forward."....
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PATRICIA MCMANAMAN TO RETURN AS DIRECTOR OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES
News Release from Office of the Governor March 14, 2014
HONOLULU – Gov. Neil Abercrombie is welcoming the return of Patricia McManaman as director of the Department of Human Services (DHS), effective Monday, following a short leave of absence.
“I’m happy to see Pat back in a position to build on the solid foundation she has built in the department,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “Mahalo to Deputy Director Barbara Yamashita for stepping up and taking on additional duties to sustain the great work of DHS during Pat’s absence.”
McManaman has served under the Abercrombie Administration since its inception in December 2010. She led the department during a difficult time due to the economic recession, when programs and funding were scaled down. Her leadership and innovation helped drive through these difficult times, and her passion and commitment moved the department forward as it improved services and expanded programs.
Prior to her directorship position, McManaman practiced law in Hawaii for more than 30 years, holding a variety of public interest legal positions. She also served as a per diem judge in the District Court and Family Court of the First Circuit, State of Hawaii for 17 years.
McManaman has received a variety of awards and recognition for her leadership in social and public health issues.
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