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Department of Finance - Staff

DIRECTOR: Deanna Sako

Deanna Sako became Finance Director in October 2017. She started at the County of Hawaii in 1999 as Accountant for the Department of Parks and Recreation. In 2001, she joined the Finance Department as Controller, and later served as the Deputy Finance Director and Finance Director.

Her experience before entering County government included 12 years of auditing for Deloitte & Touche LLP in Honolulu, Maui, and Hilo. Deanna participated in the County of Hawaii and other county government audits for many of those years.

She graduated from Molokai High and Intermediate School, then received her bachelor’s degree from Wartburg College with majors in Computer Science and Accounting. She received her Master of Accounting Science degree from the University of Illinois.

DEPUTY DIRECTOR: Nancy Crawford

Nancy Crawford became Deputy Finance Director in December 2017. She previously served as Hawai‘i County Finance Director (2008-2014) and Deputy Finance Director (2001-2008). She began work at the County in the Public Works Department in 2005 as an accountant and later Business Manager, prior to moving to the Finance Department.

Before moving to Hawai‘i Nancy worked in non-profit healthcare accounting and finance for over seven years, serving as controller for a 100-bed hospital in Colorado for three years. She was also a Certified Public Accountant in Colorado. She received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Colorado.

Private Secretary: Crystallene K. Pacheco

Born on the Big Island and raised in Keaukaha, Crystallene attended Hilo High School and the University of Hawaii – Hilo. She moved to Las Vegas, Nevada where her career began in a successful mortgage company managing their Payroll, Post-Closing, and Human Resources departments. The opportunity in real estate mortgage and investments made her knowledgeable in a fast paced growing market in Nevada. She returned to Hilo and received her Hawaii Real Estate license and became a property manager for the former Jordan Property Management & Sales in East Hawaii. Prior to being appointed to Private Secretary, Crystallene was a Human Resources Specialist for the department.