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Posted at 12:34 p.m., Friday, January 31, 2003

Sakai out as OCCC warden after 5 days

By Rod Ohira
Advertiser Staff Writer

Ted Sakai is out and Clayton Frank is back in as warden of O'ahu Community Correctional Center.

Sakai, who served as state public safety director during Ben Caye-tano's second term as governor, had returned to his civil service position as OCCC warden on Monday.

The move created a domino effect as Frank was scheduled to move from OCCC to the Waiawa Correctional Facility, where he had previously served as warden. The odd man out was going to be Waiawa warden J. Phil Tumminello.

However, James Propotnick, Interim state public safety director, told Sakai that he was no longer the OCCC warden and that Frank was returning to OCCC, according to sources who asked not to be identified because the move has not been officially announced. Sakai has been offered the Waiawa job.

The latest move still leaves Tumminello as the odd man out. He reportedly has returned to his old job as a corrections specialist, which pays much less than a warden.

Sakai is scheduled to be on the job at Waiawa on Monday, sources said.

Propotnick and Sakai were not available for comment today and deputy director Frank Lopez did not respond to a callback message.

It was reported earlier this week that Sakai was the new OCCC warden. Sakai said then that he was named OCCC warden in 1995 but was on detached service when he served as Public Safety spokesman and later director. He was simply returning to his civil service position, Sakai said.

Sources said the domino effect has stunned administrative staff in the department because many detached workers had gotten oral assurances they would return to their regular positions.