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Deanna SakoDirector: 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.

Steven HuntDeputy Director: Steven Hunt

Steven Hunt is a neighbor island transplant that recently moved his family to Waimea after residing on Kaua’i for the past 44 years. He holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Washington, where he majored in business, and a master’s degree in business administration from the College of William & Mary in Virginia. Prior to joining the County of Hawai’i Department of Finance, Mr. Hunt had previously served as the Real Property Tax Manager and, later, as the Director of Finance for the County of Kaua’i. His resume also includes over a decade of private sector experience having worked as a real estate developer, private banker, and real estate appraiser. Throughout his career, Mr. Hunt has volunteered for numerous boards, committees, and service organizations.

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.