Gov.-elect Jay Inslee announced two more appointments to his Cabinet today, saying he’ll retain State Patrol Chief John Batiste and Corrections Secretary Bernard Warner. The re-hires come a day after the incoming Democratic governor named five other appointments to Cabinet posts.
Gov. Chris Gregoire had appointed both agency directors, but the state troopers’ union had been pressuring for someone to replace Batiste.
The union had wanted Lakewood Police Chief Bret Farrar as leader of the patrol, complaining that the current chief was out of touch.
Inslee’s full announcement is here:
Inslee campaigned saying he would bring in outsiders to be “disruptive” forces for change, but most of his appointments have had past state-government experience.
Go here for a list of his hiring announcements, here for a report on Thursday’s announcements, here for a report on his legislative director and communications director, and here on his budget director.