Retiring State Auditor Brian Sonntag‘s deputy chief of staff, Doug Cochran, will become chief of staff to Troy Kelley, the Tacoma Democrat who won the race to succeed Sonntag in November and takes office next month.
Kelley announced the choice of Cochran, a former Yakima County Auditor, in e-mail to staff. He replaces Ted Rutt, who Kelley said is retiring.
While his transition process has been quiet, Kelley said he has had a transition team working since November headed by former OFM director Ruta Fanning.
Here’s the e-mail:
I’m pleased to announce current Deputy Chief of Staff Doug Cochran as the SAO’s new Chief of Staff. Doug has an impressive history of public service, which I know he will continue in this new post. As a former Yakima County Auditor, and county administrator, he brings local government experience and knowledge. Doug will provide continuity to the office, while continuing to bring his dynamic perspective to government.
Doug will be succeeding retiring Chief of Staff Ted Rutt. Ted has dedicated his life to public service. He has a reputation for listening to all sides of an issue, and set an example the office will strive to continue. I wish Ted the best on his retirement.
The transition team, headed by former OFM Director and Legislative Auditor, Ruta Fanning, has been engaged since November and will keep working through the holidays. As the Chair of the Joint Legislative Audit & Review Committee, I worked closely with Ruta. She brings many years of state government and auditing experience. The team includes expertise in local and state government auditing, the legislature, and the business community. They provide a unique outlook and have been very helpful throughout this process.
I look forward to working with you all, and thank you for the good work you do.