SALEM — Clyde Saiki, a veteran of three decades in state government, is Gov. Kate Brown’s choice to lead the Department of Administrative Services, which oversees budget and management of state government.
Saiki has been a deputy director of the Oregon Department of Transportation since January 2010, and was at the Department of Human Services for nearly 25 years before then.
Brown, in her announcement Tuesday, said Saiki’s appointment is the first of a number of changes she is planning since the Legislature adjourned July 6.
“These changes, many of which were anticipated, afford me the flexibility to assess and restructure my team to make state government more accountable, equitable, and responsive to the needs of Oregon’s working families and small businesses,”Brown said.
Brown took over as governor upon the resignation of John Kitzhaber on Feb. 18. About two weeks later, on March 5, Michael Jordan — who was closely identified with Kitzhaber — resigned as DAS director. Jordan, formerly chief operating officer for Metro, a Clackamas County commissioner and Canby city administrator, now is a bureau director for Portland city government.
Saiki will take his new position Sept. 1, when George Naughton, whom Brown had named as interim DAS director, returns as the state’s chief financial officer and budget director. Naughton had said he was not a candidate for the permanent job.
Although there has been some form of executive budget agency since the 1950s, DAS was created in 1993 to oversee budget and management, including finances, personnel, property and computer systems.
Saiki will retain the dual role of DAS director and chief operating officer for state government that Kitzhaber had assigned to Jordan.
He is a graduate of Oregon State University.
Saiki began at the Department of Human Services in 1986, when he became supervisor of the agency’s volunteer services. When he left at the end of 2009, Saiki had been the chief administrative officer and deputy director for operations of what was then the largest agency in state government.
Saiki has been deputy director for central services at ODOT since January 2010. He did a short stint in 2012 as the state’s interim human resources chief at DAS.
“With nearly three decades of experience and a demonstrated commitment to professional excellence, I am confident Clyde will provide strong, stable leadership for the agencies that serve the people of Oregon,” Brown said in a statement.
Brown has at least three other high-level agency positions to fill.
Since the end of the legislative session, Erinn Kelley-Siel resigned at the Department of Human Services, Sean Robbins at the Business Development Department, and Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson as adjutant general at the Military Department.
Kelley-Siel and Robbins are leaving for family reasons, and Hokanson was promoted to lieutenant general and assigned to a command based in Colorado.
During the session, Brown made one high-level appointment and proceeded with another.
She named Salam Noor to succeed Rob Saxton as the leader of the Department of Education and deputy state schools superintendent. Noor, a former Salem-Keizer schools official, had worked at the education agency and the Higher Education Coordinating Commission.
She went ahead with the nomination of Lynne Saxton as director of the Oregon Health Authority, which has the largest budget among state agencies. Saxton began on an interim basis Jan. 21, after Kitzhaber nominated her for the job. The Senate confirmed the appointment after Brown was given time to review it.