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Sally Jewell appointment to Interior Department will leave a vacancy on University of Washington board of regents

Post by Peter Callaghan / The News Tribune on March 7, 2013 at 2:23 pm | No Comments »
March 7, 2013 4:09 pm

That is, if the head of REI is confirmed by the Senate (her first hearing was today).

But Sally Jewell, one of 10 appointed regents who govern the state’s largest university, has let Gov. Jay Inslee know that she will resign from the board once she take over the Department of Interior.regents12-2012-uncompressed

“We expect her to resign once she is confirmed,” said Inslee press secretary David Postman. “It is her plan and desire to do so.”

That will give the governor his first chance to make an appointment to what is one of the plum posts for those who don’t want a full-time position in a new administration. Inslee could have asked the state Senate to return two other regent appointments made by Gov. Chris Gregoire but not yet confirmed by the Senate. But Postman said Inslee wants those to move forward. They are Kristianne Blake, a reappointment, and Jeremy Jaech.

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