When the budget agency realized that Becker was among the job applicants, they asked the human resources agency to take the lead on external recruitment and interviewing to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest, Wada said.
The job was posted for seven days. Four people applied and two of them, including Becker, met the minimum qualifications and were interviewed by a panel.
The panel recommended Becker for the job and Budget and Finance Acting Director Robert Yu approved the hire. Yu referred questions about the process to Wada on Thursday.
“It was an open and competitive recruitment,” Wada said. “There’s no guarantee that Rod would have gotten the position. Without comparing it to Jobie’s situation, I can tell you that this process was clean.”
Becker’s new job as funds management administrator involves managing state investments. It’s a relatively high-ranking position within the department — his predecessor, Scott Kami, was tapped to be acting director after the previous director, Laurel Johnston, stepped down.
Becker previously served as deputy director of the Department of Budget and Finance from 2014 to 2016. Until May 2, he was the state comptroller leading the Department of Accounting and General Services where he earned more than $144,000 last year.
Becker started his new job last week — the day after his old role ended, Wada said.
Becker did not respond to an email seeking comment.
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