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January 10, 2013 at 1:00 PM
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.
November 29, 2012 at 10:30 AM
Gov.-elect Jay Inslee named Renton Schools Superintendent Mary Alice Heuschel as his chief of staff in a news conference in Seattle on Thursday morning.
Heuschel, one of three co-chairs of Inslee’s transition team, has led Renton schools for six and a half years and last year was one of four finalists for national superintendent of the year. She also served as deputy superintendent of the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction for six years.
Inslee pointed to Heuschel’s experience in Renton, particularly her leadership style and use of metrics, as reasons for the choice. He described his selection for the $165,000-a-year job as “about as far away from status quo as you can get.”
“As I looked around, I couldn’t find a better match for what we think the state needs and what I hope to offer as governor,” said Inslee, who called Heuschel a “perfect match for the type of management that we want to bring to the state of Washington.”
The two apparently met a little over a year ago, according to Inslee spokesman Sterling Clifford. Heuschel did not play any formal role in Inslee’s campaign, but he did roll out his education plan at a school in her district.
Heuschel, 51, is a Rhode Island native who began her career as a special education teacher.
Inslee, a Democrat, defeated Republican Attorney General Rob McKenna in a tight race earlier this month. Other Cabinet appointments are expected over the next few weeks.
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