Posted at 2:14 a.m., Wednesday, December 6, 2006
Staffing issues hindering licensing tests on Big Island
Advertiser StaffThe Hawai'i Police Department said the driver's licensing sections at several Big Island police stations are short-staffed because of vacancies and employees who are on leave.
In some cases, police have been unable to accommodate citizens wishing to take a driving test.
Police said they have had trouble filling vacancies for a driver's licensing clerk and two driver's licensing examiners in Kona and for a driver's licensing clerk in South Kohala.
Persons who wish to apply for the vacant jobs may pick up an application form at the county's Department of Human Resources, 101 Pauahi St., Hilo, or at the Kona mayor's office at 75-5706 Kuakini Highway, Kailua-Kona.
For more information, call the county's Job Hotline at (808) 961-8618.
To increase efficiency until those positions can be filled, the Police Department's Traffic Services Section is considering several solutions, including possibly requiring appointments for driving tests.
In the meantime, member of the public may call the driver's license offices ahead of time to ensure road tests are being given that day. The phone numbers are as follows:
Hilo (808) 961-2222
Kona (808) 327-3580
Waimea (808) 887-3087