Hawaii Department of Accounting and General Services Director Douglas Murdock, who serves as the state comptroller, is stepping down today, the governor’s office announced.

Gov. David Ige has appointed Roderick Becker, the state deputy budget director since December 2014, to replace Murdock.

Rod Becker was appointed to serve as state comptroller.
Rod Becker was appointed to serve as state comptroller. Courtesy: Governor's Office

Becker, who previously served as state Senate budget chief, has a degree in economics and political science from the University of Hawaii and is a certified public finance officer.

“Rod has been a valuable member of our Budget and Finance team, and I am confident that he will use his expertise and experience to continue building on the good work started by Doug Murdock,” Ige said in a statement.

Becker begins his new role Saturday.

DAGS has recently undertaken several initiatives to upgrade state systems and IT infrastructure, including payroll modernization, according to the governor’s office.

Murdock, who served four years with the state, is quitting after 30 years in public service “to pursue other interests,” the governor’s office said in a release.

“Doug has been an important member of our team and helped lead efforts to increase efficiency, reduce waste and improve accountability in state government,” Ige said. “I am grateful for his years of public service and wish him the very best always.”

Ige’s Cabinet also recently made a change in the Department of Human Services. Pankaj Bhanot took over as director Sept. 1 after Rachael Wong stepped down to pursue opportunities in the private sector.

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