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November 6, 2013 at 1:30 PM
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.”
January 3, 2013 at 1:15 PM
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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