Democratic Gov.-elect Jay Inslee announced five picks for his Cabinet Thursday, including two hires plucked from the private sector.
Speaking at a legislative preview sponsored by The Associated Press, Inslee named former state senator Kevin Quigley to lead the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), the state’s largest agency.
Quigley is president of the U.S. Fab division for Vigor Industrial, a large shipbuilder. He previously served as head of global business development for Teledesic and was a Democratic state senator from Snohomish County.
Though Quigley lacks experience in social work – the bread and butter of DSHS - Inslee praised his record of management at large organizations.
To head the state Department of Employment Security, which manages unemployment insurance, Inslee picked Dale Peinecke, president of the Everett-based aerospace manufacturing company Giddens Industries.
Inslee named government veterans to head three other state agencies.
Joel Sacks, currently deputy director of the Employment Security Department, was named director of the state Department of Labor and Industries.
Marcie Frost will become director of the Department of Retirement Systems, where she is currently deputy director.
And Alfie Alvarado-Ramos was named director of the state Department of Veterans Affairs, where she is currently deputy director. She served 22 years in the military, retiring in 1993 as Command Sergeant Major of Madigan Army Medical Center, according to an Inslee news release.
During his campaign, Inslee vowed to be “a disruptive force” as governor, pledging to bring in people with private sector backgrounds to help him shake up state government.
Inslee is expected to announce more Cabinet picks this week, including a decision on whether to retain State Patrol Chief John Batiste.
Inslee will be sworn in as governor next Wednesday, Jan. 16.