After five two-year terms representing Molokai on the Maui County Council, Danny Mateo has been appointed Maui County clerk.
On Friday, the Maui County Council adopted a resolution selecting Mateo, 62, to serve as county clerk.
Mateo, the son of a Philippine sugar worker who moved to Hawaii, served as chairman of the county council for his last two terms.
Before his last term, Mateo’s eligibility to run was challenged in court. Nellie E. Laird-Woods of Lahaina, claimed that Mateo’s final term represented his sixth term, violating the council’s five-term limit. Mateo was appointed to the vacancy left by Councilmember Pat Kawano’s death in 2002. He was elected later that year and served the next four consecutive terms.
The county clerk, with an annual salary of $93,000, conducts all elections within the county and is in charge of keeping and maintaining county records, including ordinances.
Mateo said he plans to live and work on Maui but return to live in his house on Molokai at least once a month.