County fi­nance head ten­ders res­ig­na­tion

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Maui County Department of Fi­nance Di­rec­tor Danny Agsa­log has re­signed, ef­fec­tive Sept. 30, ac­cord­ing to an an­nounce­ment Thurs­day.

He cites “per­sonal rea­sons” for leav­ing.

In a writ­ten state­ment,

Agsa­log thanked Mayor Alan

Arakawa “for the priv­i­lege of serv­ing his ad­min­is­tra­tion and the peo­ple of the County of Maui.”

Agsa­log called his op­por­tu­nity to serve “an honor” and a “rare op­por­tu­nity.”

“It is, how­ever, time for me to ded­i­cate more at­ten­tion to my fam­ily,” Agsa­log said. “My mother passed away re­cently and the po­si­tion of di­rec­tor of fi­nance needs some­one who can ded­i­cate 100 per­cent of their ef­fort to op­er­ate the county ef­fi­ciently. Ma­halo to ev­ery­one who has shown my fam­ily kind­ness dur­ing these try­ing times.”

Agsa­log was ap­pointed to run the Fi­nance Department in 2011. Un­der Agsa­log’s lead­er­ship, Maui County’s credit rat­ing has con­sis­tently been rated AA+, the high­est in the state. Last month, Moody and Fitch reaf­firmed that AA+ rat­ing for 2017, ac­cord­ing to the county an­nounce­ment.

“It is with a heavy heart that I say good­bye to Danny be­cause he is truly ded­i­cated to pub­lic ser­vice,” Arakawa said. “But we all un­der­stand the hard­ships he is go­ing through, and we wish he and his fam­ily noth­ing but the best.”

Deputy Fi­nance Di­rec­tor Mark Walker will serve as di­rec­tor af­ter Agsa­log’s de­par­ture. Any new ap­pointee to the po­si­tion must be con­firmed by the Maui County Coun­cil.

The fi­nance di­rec­tor’s po­si­tion pays $131,118 an­nu­ally.

In June, Agsa­log came un­der some fire when an au­dit of Maui County’s pro­cure­ment card, or pCard pro­gram, over a 13-month pe­riod found that the fi­nance di­rec­tor had booked two fam­ily mem­bers’ air­line tick­ets on his county-is­sued pCard af­ter pay­ing the county for the air­fares up­front.

At the time, county spokesman Rod An­tone said there was no at­tempt by Agsa­log to mis­use county funds, al­though he ac­knowl­edged that, tech­ni­cally, his use of the pCard did not fol­low proper pro­ce­dures.

Agsa­log’s department over­sees the pro­cure­ment card pro­gram.

Per­sonal use of county pCards is “ex­plic­itly pro­hib­ited,” said the au­dit by the Of­fice of the County Auditor.

The of­fi­cial travel was for Agsa­log to at­tend an As­so­ci­a­tion of Cer­ti­fied Fraud Ex­am­in­ers pro­gram in Nashville, Tenn. The pro­gram was re­lated to bribery and cor­rup­tion.

Nei­ther Agsa­log’s wife nor child is a county em­ployee, the au­dit notes.

Af­ter the au­dit was re­leased, An­tone said it didn’t point out that Agsa­log had tried at first to

pay for all three air­fares on his own credit card, but he was told the county could not re­im­burse his por­tion of the trip if he did it that way. In­stead, he wrote a check to the county re­im­burs­ing it for the trip and used the pCard to pay for the fares.

The au­dit took Agsa­log to task per­son­ally for not fol­low­ing pCard pro­ce­dures.

When asked Thurs­day if Agsa­log’s res­ig­na­tion was con­nected to the pCard mat­ter, An­tone said: “Not ac­cord­ing to Danny. He cited only per­sonal rea­sons.”

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