It’s hard to say how the retirement of M.D. Alborano and Tami Nascimento will change the nine-member Liquor Control Adjudication Board. Nascimento was quiet, but generally fair to licensees hauled before the panel, but Alborano was far more stern—I never actually saw her wag her finger at a bar or restaurant owner accused of selling to an undercover minor, but the sentiment was definitely there.
Sliding into their seats are two veterans of county boards and commissions—one of which has even sat on the Adjudication Board before.
First up is Marilyn Colvin, who works as Maui faculty coordinator for the University of Hawai`i at Manoa. Her application also lists a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Houston and previous membership stints on the Mayor’s South Maui Advisory Committee, Salary Commission, Board of Variances and Appeals and the Real Property Tax Review Board. She’s also an Accident Prevention Counselor for the Federal Aviation Administration, Certified Flight Instructor and a part-time pilot flying the T-Shirt Factory banner over Maui’s beaches.
“I humbly ask that I be allowed to continue my service to the County,” she wrote on her application. With that resume, it’s a wonder people didn’t loudly demand she run for mayor last year.
ILWU Local 142 Business Agent Jerrybeth DeMello is the second “new” member. DeMello’s already done a stint on the Adjudication Board (1990-1995) as well as on the Salary Commission. What’s interesting about DeMello’s application is that she specifically asked for another commission assignment.
“I served on the Board for Liquor Control Adjudication during 1990-’95 and also for Salary Commission 1996-’04,” she wrote. “I requesting [sic] that you will give me the opportunity to serve on the Liquor Control Commission.”
What’s ironic is that Liquor Commission—which grants new liquor licenses—had three vacancies this year, and DeMello couldn’t get any of them.