Donalyn Dela Cruz

The exodus continues from Gov. Neil Abercrombie’s office.

Donalyn Dela Cruz

Press Secretary Donalyn Dela Cruz, who has been handling media liaison duties for Abercrombie since he took office, departs at the end of this month for a new job with the state Department of Education.

A slew of top aides left Abercrombie’s office last year and last month communications director Jim Boersema returned to the private sector.

“It has been a great honor to serve the Governor and help implement his New Day Plan,” Dela Cruz said in a press release.

Abercrombie’s deputy chief of staff Blake Oshiro will oversee communications “in the interim,” the press release said.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for Donalyn, and I am more so pleased that the Administration and the State will continue to benefit from her expertise,” Abercrombie said.

To make room for Dela Cruz at the DOE, now-department communications office director Sandra Goya said in her own news release that she will handle “school-level communications.”

Communications changes planned at the DOE include developing internet and intranet portals to improve access to information for employees, parents, community and businesses, according to Goya.

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