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OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR — News Release — Governor Ige appoints Damien Elefante as acting director of Department of Taxation

Posted on Jul 16, 2020 in Latest Department News, Office of the Governor Press Releases

HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige has tapped the Department of Taxation’s Deputy Director Damien A. Elefante to serve as DoTax acting director.

Elefante has served as deputy director of DoTax since August 2016. He is also an employer trustee, serving in a fiduciary capacity with the Hawai‘i – Union Health Benefits Trust Fund and as an arbitrator with the Court Annexed Arbitration Program.

Elefante was also recently confirmed by the Hawai‘i State Senate to serve as chairperson on the Labor and Industrial Relations Appeals Board.

Previously, Elefante was a compliance coordinator with DoTax, and deputy attorney general with the Department of the Attorney General, Tax Division, from Nov. 2001 to Oct. 2015.

Elefante has also worked as an attorney in private practice and served as a judicial law clerk to Chief Judge James S. Burns, Intermediate Court of Appeals.

A graduate of Kailua High School, Elefante earned his B.A. in political science from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, and his Juris Doctor from Syracuse University College of Law, Syracuse, New  York.

Elefante will serve as acting director until the position is permanently filled or until 60 days from July 10, 2020, whichever occurs first.


Media Contacts:

Jodi Leong
Deputy Communications Director/Press Secretary
Office of the Governor
Office: 808-586-0043
[email protected]

Cindy McMillan
Communications Director
Office of the Governor
Office: 808-586-0012
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