aui County Parks & Recreation Director Glenn T. Correa is on administrative leave pending the outcome of a Maui Police investigation into county workers’ alleged golfing at Waiehu Municipal Golf Course on county time, said an official with the County of Maui who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter. A second employee with the Parks & Recreation department, who also requested anonymity, confirmed that Correa hasn’t been at the office since at least earlier this year.
As for the Maui PD investigation, Lt. William Juan–the Maui Police Public Information Officer–did not respond to a request for comment on the investigation by press time. But an employee at the Waiehu Golf Course who did not wish his name used in this story confirmed that Maui detectives did recently visit the course.
“They were here about two weeks ago,” the employee said. “I’m not really sure what they were looking for.”
The employee said the police detectives did not mention anyone by name.
A phone message left at Correa’s home wasn’t returned by press time. But a voicemail message left with Lisa Sakumoto, the director’s secretary led to a humorous, indirect confirmation that things aren’t quite right at the Parks & Rec department.
When I first heard a tip about Correa on Feb. 10, I called his office, and was routed to his secretary’s voicemail. I left a message saying that I’d heard he had been suspended and wished to find out if it was true. Later that day, I learned from another source that Correa was actually on paid administrative leave and had not been suspended. That afternoon, when I published a brief blog post on the matter at Mauifeed.com (two days before The Maui News published their story on the situation), I reported that my sources were telling me the County had placed Correa on administrative leave.
Which is why I laughed a few hours later when Deputy Director Brianne Savage finally called me back. “Just wanted to confirm that he is not suspended,” Savage said in a voicemail message.
Of course, Savage neglected to say why Correa couldn’t call me back himself and say the same thing, instead referring me to Rod Antone, the county Communications Director. Antone said that the situation with Correa was a “personnel matter,” which he couldn’t comment on.
Click here for The Maui News‘ Feb. 12 story on the Correa investigation (subscription required) that, though published two days after my initial story, adds very little to what we’ve already posted.
Photo of Glenn T. Correa courtesy County of Maui