[Editor’s note: I updated this post on June 18 with information from an official press release sent out by Mayor Alan Arakawa’s office, which wasn’t yet available when I first posted this on June 17.]
[Second Editor’s note: I further updated this post on June 19 to include a statement from the Attorney General’s office]
Maui County Parks Department Director Glenn T. Correa, who was placed on administrative leave back in February while the Maui Police Department investigated the department, has “retired” from the County of Maui, Parks Dept. Deputy Director Brianne Savage said in an email to county employees obtained by Mauitime.
Here’s the text of the email Savage sent out to Parks Dept. employees on Friday, June 13:
“As respected Parks Employees I wanted to let all of you know that Director Glenn Correa has retired from Parks as of the end of the day yesterday, Thursday June 12. His dedication to bettering our department and thus our community for over 36 years is tremendously appreciated and will be missed. Thank you all again for everything you do and how you continue to serve our community.”
Reached earlier this evening by cell phone, County Communications Director Rod Antone would only say that Correa “is no longer with the County of Maui.”
In fact, in his official press release on Correa’s departure, which was sent out at 6:30pm on June 17, County Communications Director Rod Antone–who, like Savage, has always described Correa’s absence from the department as a “personnel matter”–did not use the word “retire.” Instead, he said that Correa “tendered his resignation on June 12, 2014.”
Antone’s press release also noted that Correa has been a fixture in the County of Maui for a long time:
“Correa has served in the department for 32 years. He was appointed as Deputy Parks Director from 1999-2002 and then later as Parks Director during Mayor Arakawa’s first term from 2003-2006. In 2010, Correa came out of retirement and was appointed to serve again as Parks Director.”
State Campaign Spending Commission records show that over the last five years (the extent of their online database), Correa donated $3,871.79 to Arakawa’s political campaigns.
Though Antone’s press release noted that Savage “assumed duties of interim Parks Director immediately after Correa’s resignation,” she’s basically been doing his job ever since he first went on paid administrative leave.
Maui Police spokesman Lt. William Juan did not respond to my inquiry on the status of the police investigation into Correa by press time.
At 11:30am on June 18, Maui Police spokesman Lt. William Juan finally responded to my inquiry on the status of the Correa investigation. “Investigation has concluded and referred to Attorney General’s Office
for their review and disposition,” Juan wrote.
Anne E. Lopez, a spokesperson for the state Attorney General’s office, didn’t have much to say about the investigation, except that it exists.
“We have received a case from the Maui Police Department, but have no comment on the subject of the investigation or its target,” she said. “This is still considered a pending investigation.”
Click here to read my earlier story on the investigation into Correa and the Parks Department.
Photo of Glenn Correa courtesy County of Maui