Honolulu Is Short 3,000 Workers. That’s Because It Takes 6 Months To Hire Anybody…The city’s long-time failure to establish a system for tracking and measuring hiring performance is at the core of its problems, a consultant found.

A cumbersome and bureaucratic employment process is slowing the hiring of the 3,000 additional workers critically needed by Honolulu city government.

In fact, it takes an average of about six months to make employment offers for vacant city slots, according to a new report by an outside personnel consultant.

City cabinet officials were briefed Wednesday morning on the findings of the consultant, Abdurrehman Naveed, a graduate student in public policy from the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, who was brought to Hawaii two months ago to analyze the city’s hiring roadblocks. A longer version of the same report was presented to Mayor Rick Blangiardi and Mike Formby, Honolulu’s managing director.


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