Gov.-elect Jay Inslee introduced five more members of his growing Cabinet today, announcing new agency heads for the departments of Social and Health Services, Retirement Systems, Labor and Industries, Employment Security and Veterans Affairs. He also told reporters at the Associated Press legislative forum he still thinks he can stick by his no-new-taxes pledge - although he does think closing tax loopholes is an option.
The personnel moves are the latest in a series of recent hires by Inslee, a Democrat – as reported here and here. Three of the five newest hires are promotions of people currently working in state agencies. Inslee had said in his campaign he would look for people outside state government and bring new perspectives to agencies.
The one new hire who is a true outsider to state government is Dale Pienecke, who will take over as Employment Security commissioner. Pienecke is described as a chief executive at Giddens Industries, an Everett based aerospace firm who was past chairman of the Snohomish County Workforce Development group.