Governor restructures budget office

Published: Thursday, Aug. 23 2012 11:47 a.m. MDT

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Gov. Gary R. Herbert is moving to reorganize and rename the Governor's Office of Planning and Budget as the new Governor's Office of Management and Budget, naming Kristen Cox as director.

"Basically, this will make Utah more efficient in the way we do business and the way we allocate limited resources," Herbert said. "We have been successfully using our current performance assessment tools for a few years now, and it has driven us to enhanced service delivery within agencies.

"Now we need to do the same thing across … the entire system of state government and determine additional ways to optimize systems, revenue and personnel."

Cox, 42, has been serving as the state Department of Workforce Services executive director since 2007. She was recently named one of Utah's 30 Women to Watch by Utah Business magazine and the 2012 recipient of the Days of ’47 Business and Enterprise Award.

The governor's current budget director, Ron Bigelow, will retain his post within the new office. Herbert named DWS deputy director Jon Pierpont acting DWS director.

Legislation will be necessary during the 2013 Legislature to officially create the Governor's Office of Management and Budget.

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