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Secretary of State-elect Kim Wyman names staff, including elections director

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on Dec. 7, 2012 at 1:07 pm with No Comments »
December 7, 2012 1:12 pm

Wyman announced Lori Augino, chief deputy to Pierce County Auditor Julie Anderson, would take over as state elections director after Wyman takes office next month.

Augino replaces Katie Blinn and Shane Hamlin, who had been co-directors. Both will remain in the secretary of state’s office in lower-tier positions as assistant directors.

Wyman, a Republican, is the Thurston County auditor, and she is bringing some of her staff with her across town to the Capitol, including her chief deputy Ken Raske as assistant secretary of state. The current assistant, Steve Excell, takes over state archives from Jerry Handfield.

Here’s the news release from Dave Ammons, the communications director who will now be over policy and legislative matters as well:

Kim Wyman, who will be sworn in as Washington’s 15th Secretary of State, today announced her choices for her executive team. She announced the picks in a staff email and then visited with the Executive Staff in the Capitol, the Corporations and Charities Division, Elections Division, State Archives and the State Library. Other visits to OSOS programs, including the Digital Archives, Regional Archives, Washington Talking Book & Braille Library, and the Administrative Division, will come later.

In making her appointments, Wyman consulted with outgoing Secretary of State Sam Reed, senior managers and others both inside and outside of government. In her email, she described the team as “a mix of people from within and outside the office, with a wide variety of experience and perspectives.”

The Executive Leadership Team will consist of:

Assistant Secretary of State:

Ken Raske (Currently Thurston County Chief Deputy Auditor)

Deputy Secretary of State:

Mark Neary (Currently Thurston County Central Services Director)

Communications/Policy/Legislative Director:

David Ammons (Currently Communications Director, OSOS)

Brian Zylstra – Deputy Communications Director

Katie Blinn – Policy Assistant Director

Special Assistant/Legislative Liaison

Don Skillman (Previously Redistricting Commission and House Republican Caucus Staff)

Division Directors:


Steve Excell (Currently Assistant Secretary of State)


Pam Floyd (Currently Corporations/Charities Director)

Dan Speigle – Deputy Director (currently Deputy Secretary of State)


Lori Augino (Currently Pierce County Chief Deputy Auditor)

Shane Hamlin – Voter Services Assistant Director


Rand Simmons (Currently Acting State Librarian)

Office Support/Protocol/Logistics Coordinator (working title):

Patrick McDonald (Currently Special Assistant to the Secretary)

Special Programs:

Stephanie Horn (Currently Special Programs Director)

Wyman, who was certified on Wednesday as Reed’s successor, is the only Republican and the only woman elected to statewide executive office last month. She will be sworn in at noon on Jan. 16 and will have an additional ceremonial ceremony and gathering in the State Reception Room at 3 p.m. that day.

“I am eager to begin – building on the culture of excellence that Sam and his predecessors brought so successfully to the citizens of Washington,” Wyman said. “We will be looking for creative and cost-effective ways to continue innovating and serving the voters and our customers. The team of executives I’ve appointed today and the program managers and staff will help enormously in that regard. I will reach out to the county auditors and local officials of Washington and the reservoir of great ideas from the citizens all across this great state, and I look forward to working with the newly elected governor and our Legislature.”


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