Gov. Chris Gregoire looked inside the agency to replace Jay Manning, who went over to become her chief of staff. Ted Sturdevant has been the Department of Ecology’s government relations director – which means he was its liaison to the Legislature as well as local and federal governments.
He will be paid $141,549.
“Ted knows this agency – he has a strong familiarity with its priorities and challenges, and already has an excellent working relationship with agency staff, the environmental community, tribes and the business community,” Gregoire said in a statement. “I am confident that Ted will work with people in every community and industry to ensure Washington state remains a place in which we’re all proud to live.”
The announcement gave this background on Sturdevant: Before joining the senior management team at the Department of Ecology in 2003, Sturdevant worked under Gov. Gary Locke, leading Locke’s external affairs team. Sturdevant has also worked for Rep. Mike Nelson and Rep. Tony Federici in Oregon.
It then went on to quote someone from industry and someone from the environmental community, perhaps to show he will be balanced in the job.
“Ted’s a proven advocate for our environment,” said Joan Crooks, executive director of the Washington Environmental Council. “I have worked closely with him on some big environmental challenges – climate change, preventing toxic pollution – and look forward to working with him in his new role.”
“Ted brings tremendous knowledge and leadership to this position,” said Kristen Sawin, public affairs manager for Weyerhaeuser. “He has earned the trust of stakeholders and his strong relationships will help him balance the needs of citizens, businesses, and the environment to keep Washington the beautiful place we live and work.”