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: