Gov. Ige reappoints leaders for DOD, announces new appointees for 3 state departments

Gov. Ige reappoints leaders for DOD, announces new appointees for 3 state departments
(Source: Hawaii News Now/file)
Maj. Gen. Arthur “Joe” Logan (left) Brig. Gen. Kenneth S. Hara (right)
Maj. Gen. Arthur “Joe” Logan (left) Brig. Gen. Kenneth S. Hara (right) (Source: HNN)

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Two leaders at the helm of Hawaii’s Department of Defense are likely to continue their work after Gov. David Ige announced their reappointments to their positions Wednesday.

Maj. Gen. Arthur “Joe” Logan was reappointed by Ige as adjutant general, Hawaii National Guard, Department of Defense. He’s worked in the role since 2015 where he oversaw the training and readiness of more than 5,000 soldiers and airmen in the guard.

He also works as director of the Hawai‘i Emergency Management Agency and is the Homeland Security Advisor to Gov. Ige.

“I am honored and privileged to continue to serve Governor Ige and the State of Hawaii. The Department of Defense will continue to move forward and ensure that the safety and security of all residents and visitors in the State of Hawaii remain our top priority,” Logan said.

Also reappointed was Brig. Gen. Kenneth S. Hara as deputy adjutant general, Hawaii National Guard, Department of Defense.

Hara has a length resume holding titles of Chief of the Joint Staff, Joint Force Headquarters, Hawaii National Guard; deputy commander, 29th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, and many more. He also has various awards including the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star.

While Logan and Hara were reappointed, Gov. Ige also announced new leader for Budget and Finance, Accounting and General Services, and Labor and Industrial Relations.

Rod Becker was appointed as director of the Department of Budget and Finance replacing Laurel Johnston who retired in December.

Curt T. Otaguro was tapped to serve as the state comptroller, a position that concurrently serves as head of the Department of Accounting and General Services.

And finally, Scott T. Murakami was appointed to lead the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations.

All appointees are subject to Senate confirmation.

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