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November 6, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Inslee adviser Joby Shimomura named new chief of staff

Mary Alice Heuschel is leaving as Gov. Jay Inslee’s chief of staff after roughly a year in the job.

Heuschel, who previously worked as superintendent of the Renton School District, will “lead state efforts on an interim basis to implement Results Washington,” the governor’s performance-measurement effort, according to a statement from Inslee’s office.

The governor’s senior advisor, Joby Shimomura, will take over as his new chief of staff. Shimomura, 41,  was Inslee’s congressional chief of staff for six years and managed several of his campaigns, including his first run for governor in 1996.

“Joby has been an important part of my team for years and I know Washingtonians will be well served with her as chief of staff,” Inslee said in a statement. “I’m thankful that at the same time, Mary Alice has agreed to stay on to focus on the critical second phase of Results Washington as she also explores other leadership opportunities outside state government.”

It wasn’t immediately clear why Heuschel is leaving the post, although it’s not uncommon for a governor to go through several chiefs of staff.

Heuschel in the statement said, “It has been an honor to serve as chief of staff during Gov. Inslee’s first year. We are in agreement that my best contribution to his team in the months ahead will be leading the strategic implementation of Results Washington and continue to plan and initiate delivery of exemplary state services to the people of Washington.”

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