County finance head tenders resignation


The Maui News

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.”