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Tag: Bret Daugherty


Robert Ezelle named state emergency-management director

The head of the state’s 911 unit is moving up to become emergency management director.

Robert Ezelle
Robert Ezelle

Robert Ezelle replaces Jim Mullen, who retired in February, setting off a search that drew candidates from in and out of state, narrowed to seven finalists for interviews.

Maj. Gen. Bret Daugherty ended up picking someone already at Camp Murray. Ezelle has been director since 2010 of a homeland security grant program, and a year later added 911 to his portfolio — taking over a troubled unit and by some accounts turning it around.

Now he will coordinate the state’s response in the event of an emergency or disaster such as a lahar, earthquake or terrorist attack. He will take over the Emergency Management Division, which is under the Military Department led by Daugherty.

Other than his work in the past three years, Ezelle’s background is mostly military rather than emergency management. He is a retired colonel with the Washington Air National Guard and was an official at the Western Air Defense Sector in the years after Sept. 11, 2001.

Ezelle starts April 1. Read more »


Gov. Jay Inslee fills top jobs at Commerce, Health Care, Military

Gov. Jay Inslee looked far afield and close to home to fill two key positions in his Cabinet.

Today he tapped federal Medicare and Medicaid official Dorothy Frost Teeter to lead the Health Care Authority, one of the state agencies that handles the most money and the one that is taking the lead on implementing President Barack Obama’s health law. She will be familiar with Washington, having been an official at Seattle King County Public Health and an executive at Group Health Cooperative.

He announced today that his new Commerce director will be Brian Bonlender, who ran Inslee’s congressional office and

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