New Public Works director confirmed: Administration vows to reduce building permit problems

Eric Irizy, left, and Neil Johnson of Johnson Construction work on a new house on Aka Ula St. in North Kona in 2015. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today file)

A new home is pictured under construction in Kona in 2015. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today, file)

Public Works Director David Yamamoto

HILO — Despite perennial complaints about the cumbersome process of getting building permits, the head of that county division was elevated Wednesday to director of the Department of Public Works.