Wolfgang Opitz, who has been deputy budget director for the past 8 years, is going to work for new state Treasurer Jim McIntire.
The new job starts in mid-January, when McIntire, a former state legislator, will be sworn into office. McIntire beat longtime state chief economist ChangMook Sohn in the Democratic primary election this year, and Republican Allan Martin, who was Treasurer Mike Murphy‘s assistant treasurer, in the November general election.
Opitz, 47, who lives in Tacoma’s North End, was the No. 2 budget guy for former Gov. Gary Locke for 4 years and for Gov. Chris Gregoire for the most recent 4 years. His actual job title was deputy director of the Office of Financial Management.
Before then, he was budget director for the Washington Department of Social and Health Services. He’s worked for the state for 20 years in all.