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DHS news release

November 1, 2005

(Pronouncer: Saiki rhymes with Nike)

Contact: Trish Neiworth, Office of Public Affairs, (503) 945-5922
Dr. Bruce Goldberg, DHS Director, (503) 945-5944


Chief administrative officer promoted to DHS deputy director



Oregon Department of Human Services Director Bruce Goldberg, M.D., named Clyde Saiki today as the department's deputy.


Saiki, 49, Salem, has been DHS' chief administrative officer since January 2003. He has worked in the agency for 19 years in a number of management positions.


"No one at DHS understands better than Clyde Saiki how the agency works and how to get results," Goldberg said. "Clyde has not only the energy and expertise required in this job, but also the solid respect of his colleagues across the agency and in the community."


Saiki, who began his career at DHS in 1986, has managed facilities, contracts and personnel offices for the agency. In his role as chief administrative officer, he has been responsible for more than 900 employees in contracts, facilities, financial services, forms and documents, human resources, information security, and public affairs. Saiki is a 1980 Oregon State University graduate in health education.


As deputy director, Saiki will succeed Barry Kast of Corvallis, who has retired after 19 years at DHS. Fariborz Pakseresht, who has been Saiki's deputy, has been named the department's chief administrative officer.


Goldberg, who started Tuesday as DHS director, is former administrator of the state Office for Oregon Health Policy and Research. DHS is the state's health and human services agency. Through 110 field offices and its county and other partners, DHS delivers services statewide relating to seniors and people with disabilities, child welfare, Medicaid, mental health and addiction, public health, self-sufficiency, and vocational rehabilitation.