Department of Consumer Affairs Director Awet Kidane (pictured right) swearing in Veronica Harms as DCA's deputy director of communications last February. Kidane recently announced he will be stepping down from his position at the end of the month. (Photo: Twitter/DCA News)

Awet Kidane, director of the California Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA), announced he will be stepping down from his position at the end of the month, according to The Sacramento Bee.

Since he took the post in July 2014, Kidane has supported a variety of state initiatives, including establishing a medical cannabis licensing program. He was also involved in the BrEZe computer system implementation, a project that aimed to streamline applicant tracking, licensing, renewals, enforcement and other functions for state boards and bureaus.

Kidane previously served as DCA’s chief deputy director. Prior to taking a position with the department, he spent 10 years in the California Legislature, including work as chief of staff, a senior adviser and a consultant, according to the DCA website

Kidane has not made public where his next career move will be, and DCA has not announced plans for finding a replacement.