In January of 2019, Curt Otaguro was appointed by the Governor to serve as State Comptroller for the State of Hawaii. The State Comptroller leads The Department of Accounting and General Services (DAGS) where he plans, directs and coordinates the various activities according to State laws and administrative rules.
Mr. Otaguro has oversight of 720 DAGS employees spanning of eight (8) divisions (Accounting, Archives, Audit, Automotive Management, Central Services, Land Survey, Public Works, Office of Enterprise Technology Services), three district offices (Hawaii, Maui, Kauai), and three administrative staff offices (Administrative Services/Risk Management Offices, Personnel, Systems & Procedures). DAGS also provides administrative support to eleven attached agencies (Access Hawaii Committee, Aloha Stadium Authority, Building Code Council, Campaign Spending Commission, Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, Hawaii Enhanced 911 Board, King Kamehameha Celebration Commission, Office of Elections, Office of Information Practices, State Procurement Office).
Mr. Otaguro has a total of 37 ½ years’ experience in the financial sector. Curt’s expertise includes personal and e-banking, retail and electronic banking, management and customer service. He retired as the Executive Vice President and Division Manager of the Digital Banking Division.
Curt earned a Bachelor of Science in management from the University of Redlands.
Mr. Otaguro is the former Board President for the Hands of Hope Foundation, a grass roots organization that supports children’s literacy within Hawaii’s public-school system. He played an active role with the Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific, serving as co-chairman of their annual foundation golf tournament that raised more than $160,000 annually. He was also a chair for the Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce’s (HJCC) Chopsticks and Wine fundraising event. Curt served on the boards of Waialae Country Club, HJCC, Hawaii United Okinawan Association, and Iolani Alumni Association. In addition, he was past board chairman of the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii (JCCH), Special Olympics of Hawaii, and United Cerebral Palsy Association of Hawaii.
Curt and his wife Mi Sun reside in Manoa and have four children, Devan, Aden, Jennifer, & Jacob. They have two grandchildren, Lyla and Declan.