Rapozo has been with the agency for 20 years, starting as a Liquor Control Investigator in 1993 and working his way up the ranks. Roughly a year ago, he was named acting director when Honma took an extended medical leave.
“Gerald has decades of experience and has served the department well for the past year as acting director,” said commission chair Billy Gibson. “In voting on this matter, the commissioners felt he has the requisite experience and qualifications, and can continue to lead the agency in a seamless transition.”
“I look forward to the challenges ahead with the continued cooperation and teamwork of the excellent staff of the department,” stated Rapozo. “I’m grateful for the show of support from the commissioners.”
The Department of Liquor Control provides administrative support for the Liquor Control Commission and investigates all applications for liquor licenses.
The department has police powers to enforce liquor laws, and inspects all liquor licensed premises to insure compliance. Violations are investigated and reported to the Commission for appropriate action.
“In addition to his work with the department, Gerald has always been supportive of Life’s Choices Kaua‘i and our efforts to tackle the tough issue of substance abuse,” stated Mayor Bernard P. Carvalho, Jr. “We look forward to working with Gerald as a permanent member of the team.”