Pierce County selects Jennifer Joly as government relations director, replacing longtime county lobbyist George Walk
Jennifer Joly has worked in state government, both the executive and legislative branches, for 20 years and until she resigned to take the job with Pierce County served as the chair of the state Public Disclosure Commission.
While her appointment to lead the government relations office for the county must be confirmed by the council, that is considered ministerial. She was chosen by a committee that included County Executive Pat McCarthy, Council Chairwoman Joyce McDonald and Prosecutor Mark Lindquist.
“This is a very important position that works on Pierce County’s priorities with decision makers at every level of government,” McCarthy said in a statement sent out today.
Joly, who has lived in Tacoma for a decade, will replace longtime liaison George Walk, a former state legislator who ran the government relations operation for 22 years before retiring in June. Joly will represent the county with other government entities, especially the state and federal governments.
After graduating from the University of Puget Sound School of Law (now Seattle University) in 1993, Joly went to work with the Legislative Transportation Committee as an analyst. In 1997 she took the first of three positions with then-Gov. Gary Locke. She was transportation policy advisor, legislative liaison and counsel.
She was a PDC commissioner for two years and is a board member of YMCA Youth and Government and Group Health Cooperative.
Here’s the county press release announcing the appointment… Read more »