Patti Perkins to Take Reins as Idaho Department of Finance Director


Patti Perkins, a 30-year veteran of the banking industry, has been appointed by Idaho Governor Brad Little (R-ID) as Director of the state’s Department of Finance. She will take the reins Jan. 13.

Officially, she replaces Gavin Gee, who retired last year after serving the state agency for 40 years. Mary Hughes has served as Interim Director since then, allowing Gov. Little the time to conduct a search for the ideal candidate.

“We commend Governor Little and his transition team for taking the time to identify the best candidate to lead Idaho’s financial institutions into a new decade,” said Ryan Fitzgerald, Vice President, Legislative Affairs for Idaho. “It was very important to select a visionary leader who could shape the department’s future.”

Perkins’ industry experience includes service as an HR Executive for the T-Mobile Corporation,  which she left in 2016 to take the helm of her own HR consulting business. Previously, she served at KeyBank as Senior Vice President over the retail bank in Idaho and held an HR executive position with the City of Meridian.

“I am so honored to have this opportunity to work with the State of Idaho and Governor Little,” Perkins said. “I’m looking forward to supporting his vision of economic development in the state in this important role.”

Interim Director Hughes also has served the banking industry for three decades, and recently received the prestigious Pierre Jay Award from the National Association of State Credit Union Supervisors.

Fitzgerald lauded Hughes for her “exceptional leadership and stalwart support.”

“Mary has been a solution-oriented, common-sense regulator who has worked diligently to assure the safety and soundness of Idaho’s credit unions and other financial institutions,” Fitzgerald said. “We look forward to continuing our work with Mary as she helps to guide the transition for Director Perkins.”

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