Scott Yagihara began his career with the Kaua‘i Police Department in July 1985. Yagihara was promoted through the ranks over the years and worked in various assignments in the department. He retired in December 2010 at the rank of Captain. From August 2009 until his retirement, Yagihara was the Acting Commander of the Administrative & Technical Bureau and was responsible for planning, directing and coordinating activities within the bureau. In this role, he commanded the telecommunications, training, research and development, community relations, fiscal/personnel, identification, fleet maintenance, evidence and records sections. Yagihara is a former member of the Hawaii Enhanced 9-1-1 Board. He was also the founder and former President of Namolokama Farms, Inc., a taro farm located in Hanalei, Kaua‘i. Yagihara is replacing Darcie Yukimura who resigned from her position on the board.