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Politics Northwest

The Seattle Times political team explores national, state and local politics.

August 10, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Gregoire’s budget director to head state community- and technical-college system

Marty Brown, the governor’s budget director, is leaving to become executive director of the state community- and technical-college system.

The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges announced the decision after a special meeting in Tacoma on Friday.

Brown is Gov. Chris Gregoire’s budget director and a long-time fixture at the governor’s office. He’s served as both her legislative affairs director and head of the Office of Financial Management, which writes her budgets. He held both those positions under former Democratic Gov. Gary Locke as well.

“I think the community and technical colleges play a key role not only in education but in economic development in our state, touching hundreds of thousands of Washington residents every year,” Brown said in an email. “I’m excited by the opportunity to serve the community and technical college system and the people in it.”

Gregoire is not running for re-election and the clock is running out on her time in office, so it’s to be expected that her staff will head out the door for other jobs.

Brown, 60, will replace Charlie Earl, who is retiring as SBCTC executive director. OFM Deputy Director Stan Marshburn will take over as Gregoire’s budget director.

The SBCTC oversees the state’s 34 public community and technical colleges.  The nine-member board is appointed by the governor.

Brown earned $160,608 in 2011 at OFM. His new salary will be $189,150, which is $195,000 minus a 3 percent temporary salary reduction.

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