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Washington Public Disclosure Commission selects Andrea McNamara Doyle as new executive director

Post by Peter Callaghan / The News Tribune on Aug. 25, 2011 at 4:50 pm with No Comments »
August 26, 2011 10:00 am

A longtime government manager and legislative staff attorney has been selected as the new director of the state’s campaign finance watchdog.

Andrea McNamara Doyle is currently a member of the combined Shoreline Hearings Board, the Pollution Control Hearings Board and the Environmental and Land Use Hearings Board. She has also been an attorney with the Seattle firm of Davis, Wright, Tremaine and a non-partisan staff attorney for the Washington State Senate.

“We were fortunate to have many good candidates apply for the position,” said Barry Sehlin, chairman of the Public Disclosure Commission. “Andrea has the right mix of integrity, intellect, and innovation to carry out our vision of building public confidence in the political process and government and keep the PDC on track as a national leader in campaign finance disclosure.”

Andrea McNamara Doyle (photo from the Office of Environmental Hearings

The other finalist for the job was Alan E. Rathbun, the Washington State Liquor Control Board licensing and regulation director.

Doyle replaces interim director Doug Ellis who said he will retire from the agency later this year. Ellis, in turn, replaced former director Vicki Rippie.

The PDC is the state’s campaign finance agency, receiving finance reports from campaigns, political committees and lobbyists. It also receives personal financial statements from office holders and candidates as a way of identifying possible conflicts of interest. It was created by Initiative 276 which passed in 1972 with72 percent of the vote.

The PDC has a staff of 20 and the director will be paid $113,000.

Here’s the release from commission staff:

Andrea McNamara Doyle has been named executive director of the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission.

“We were fortunate to have many good candidates apply for the position,” said Barry Sehlin, Chair. “Andrea has the right mix of integrity, intellect, and innovation to carry out our vision of building public confidence in the political process and government and keep the PDC on track as a national leader in campaign finance disclosure.”

The executive director is responsible for making recommendations to the Commission on interpreting and enforcing the public disclosure law, rule making, budget issues, legislative proposals, and agency priorities. McNamara Doyle will also oversee the agency’s operations and staff of 20, serve as agency spokesperson, and act as the PDC’s liaison with the governor’s office, legislature, and stakeholders.

McNamara Doyle has 15 years of leadership and management experience in the Washington State Legislative and Executive Branches and has two years of private sector legal experience in government relations. Most recently, she has been a member of the Pollution Control Hearings Board, Shorelines Hearings Board, and Environmental and Land Use Hearings Board to which she was first appointed in 2006. McNamara Doyle holds a BA from Western Washington University and a JD from the University of Washington School of Law.

McNamara Doyle will be paid an annual salary of $113,000. The start date will be determined in the near future. She succeeds Doug Ellis who has served as the agency’s interim executive director since former executive director Vicki Rippie’s March 2010 departure. Ellis plans to retire later this year.

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