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The Honolulu Advertiser

Updated at 6:04 p.m., Monday, May 21, 2007

Halawa warden named Public Safety director

Advertiser Staff


Clayton Frank

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Clayton Frank, the warden at Halawa Correctional Facility, was named by Gov. Linda Lingle this afternoon as the interim director of the state Department of Public Safety.

Frank begins immediately and replaces Iwalani White, whose confirmation was rejected by the state Senate last session. Frank will likely have his confirmation hearing after the Senate convenes again next January.

Frank said he would focus on the department's budget, staff morale and community safety.

Lingle, at a news conference at the state Capitol, acknowledged that there has been a "revolving door" of leadership at the department for several years. She said Frank, who has worked at the department for nearly 26 years, understood the department and had the experience necessary to lead the state's prison system.

Lingle said her decision to choose a department veteran was influenced by the Senate's rejection of White. The governor said the Senate gave an inordinate amount of weight to disgruntled workers in the department who were critical of White's leadership.

State Sen. Will Espero, D-20th ('Ewa Beach, Waipahu), the chairman of the Senate Public Safety Committee, said he has a good impression of Frank and had encouraged him to consider the director's position.

Frank has a master's degree in social work and a bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of Hawai'i-Manoa.