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January 3, 2013 at 1:15 PM

Gov.-elect Jay Inslee hires longtime political reporter, former Ecology head

Gov.-elect Jay Inslee announced three senior staff hires Thursday afternoon.

Ted Sturdevant, who has led the state Department of Ecology for the past three years, will serve as Inslee’s executive director for legislative affairs and policy, according to a news release. David Postman, a longtime state political reporter, will be the office’s executive director of communications. And Joby Shimomura, who managed Inslee’s campaign and was the chief of staff of his congressional office,  will be a senior adviser.

“We have a lot to get done, and I believe David, Ted and Joby will help drive my agenda and move our state forward,” Inslee wrote in a news release.

Inslee, who promised during the campaign to shake up Olympia, will be sworn in Jan. 16. He had previously named former Renton schools Superintendent Mary Alice Heuschel as his chief of staff.

The new hires are a mix of new and old faces for state government.

Sturdevant worked for two Oregon congressmen before joining former Gov. Gary Locke’s administration as the head of external affairs. He has worked for the ecology department for a decade and became the director in 2009.

Postman covered state politics for more than 15 years, including for The Seattle Times. He also advised Mike McGinn on media relations during McGinn’s transition to being mayor of Seattle. Most recently, Postman served as the top spokesman for Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen and his investment company, Vulcan Inc.

Shimomura worked for years on state political issues and candidate campaigns. She was the chief of staff of Inslee’s congressional office from 1999 to 2005.

The new hires are part of a reorganization of the governor’s office that will reduce about a half dozen jobs, according to the news release.

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