Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown today announced the retirement of Department of Human Services (DHS) Director Clyde Saiki and the appointment of Oregon Youth Authority Director Fariborz Pakseresht as his successor upon Oregon Senate confirmation.
Saiki has served as DHS director since 2016, and previously as Oregon's chief operating officer, Department of Administrative Services (DAS) director, and Oregon Department of Transportation deputy director.
“In his three decades of service to the State of Oregon, Clyde has demonstrated exemplary leadership at every agency," Governor Brown said. "I would like to thank him for his contributions to DHS and for his continued leadership through the summer to ensure a smooth transition when Fariborz takes the helm on Sept. 1."
The Oregon Senate will consider Pakseresht's appointment on the next legislative work day following the current legislation session. Pakseresht joined OYA in 2008 after nearly 20 years in a variety of leadership roles with DHS and DAS. OYA Deputy Director Joseph O'Leary will serve as the agency's acting director, effective Sept. 1.
“Fariborz has a strong track record of innovation and collaboration in each role he has undertaken," Governor Brown said. "His breadth of experience and leadership will help DHS tackle the challenges that it faces. We must all work together to ensure this vital agency and its staff have the adequate resources to protect children, support seniors, and serve individuals with disabilities to ensure a brighter future for all Oregonians.”
OFFICIAL PHOTO OF CLYDE SAIKI
OFFICIAL PHOTO OF FARIBORZ PAKSERESHT
OFFICIAL PHOTO OF JOSEPH O'LEARY