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Posted on: Monday, January 15, 2001

State plans 'full search' for film office chief

By Elizabeth Kieszkowski
Assistant Features Editor

A "full search" will be undertaken before the state appoints a replacement for Hawaii Film Office manager Georgette Deemer, said Deemer’s supervisor at the state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism.

Deemer left her position Jan. 12 to take a position with public relations firm Becker Communications. "She’s going to be missed," said Thomas Smyth, administrator of the DBEDT’s Business Support Division.

DBEDT will name an interim manager and advertise the position before choosing Deemer’s replacement. In the meantime, the agency may change the job classification, from civil service to exempt, Smyth said.

Several applicants for the position have been identified, said Smyth, who mentioned Kauai film commissioner Judy Drosd and former Maui film commissioner Georja Skinner as figures who "would be very knowledgeable about the position." Review of the applicants began last weekend.

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