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Agency director Joyce Turner tells Enterprise Service workers she’s leaving

Joyce Turner, the first and only director of the state’s Department of Enterprise Services, is headed out the door. Turner told agency workers in an email message on Wednesday she has submitted a resignation letter to Gov. Jay Inslee, whose spokeswoman said Turner was had been under consideration to stay on.

The agency is Washington’s newest, formed in fall 2011 in a merger of five state agencies into three, and Turner reported last December the merger was saving the state money. DES has about 870 full-time equivalent employees, according to the state’s budget web site,

DES provides

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Wash Department of Ag turning 100 years of age; celebration is Thursday

In a year of centennials, the Washington Department of Agriculture is marking its 100th year of existence Thursday at the Capitol. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. – overlapping “beef day” which features an outdoor barbecue sponsored by cattlemen interests.

The agricultural agency, which has a new director, Bud Hover, began operating on June 10, 1913. That was after the Legislature of that day laid out its “nine areas of responsibility related to agriculture covering animal health, food and dairies, feed and fertilizer, oil, bakeries, horticulture and fairs. Today, WSDA has 26 programs supporting a state

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Gov. Inslee reappoints Olympia veteran Kaleen Cottingham to lead state Recreation and Conservation Office

Gov. Jay Inslee named another Olympia veteran to serve in his Cabinet. The state Recreation and Conservation Office announced the reappointment of Kaleen Cottingham today in a news release. Cottingham has been at the agency that awards grants for recreation and salmon recovery since 2007 and worked previously for the Department of Natural Resources and the Pollution Control and Shorelines Hearings Board.

The news release from agency spokeswoman Susan Zemek is here:

Governor Reappoints Cottingham to State Recreation, Conservation and Salmon Recovery Agency

OLYMPIA – Governor Jay Inslee has reappointed Kaleen Cottingham as the director

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Inslee names new leaders for Agriculture and Health agencies; retains Bette Hyde at Dept. of Early Learning


Gov. Jay Inslee continued to fill out his cabinet with three appointments announced this morning. He is keeping Bette Hyde as director of the Department of Early Learning, while replacing Agriculture director Dan Newhouse with Bud Hover, who is an Okanogan County commissioner and has a ranch in Winthrop.

The Democratic governor also is replacing retiring Health Secretary Mary Selecky – the longest serving current agency leader who began her public health career in Colville – with another local, public health director, John Wiesman, who is in charge of Clark County’s public health agency.

In replacing Newhouse with

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State Agriculture Dept. director Dan Newhouse is leaving; says Inslee wants new direction

When Rep. Dan Newhouse left the House four years ago to join then-Gov. Chris Gregoire’s cabinet as director of the Department of Agriculture, he added a new dimension: Newhouse  is a Republican with roots in Eastern Washington farming. His family grows hops, fruit, grapes and alfalfa.

But now he’s leaving, because he says that Gov. Jay Inslee wants to go in a new direction and is announcing a replacement hiring tomorrow morning.

Here’s Newhouse’s email to staff today:

I know the past several months have been difficult as we have seen several retirements, a new administration, a federal budget crisis

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Is DSHS secretary Quigley a force for ‘disruptive’ change at state’s largest agency? Senate to confirm him on March 18

The appointment of  Democrat Kevin Quigley as the new state Department of Social and Health Services secretary is scheduled to be confirmed March 18 in the state Senate, where he served nearly two decades ago and had a hand in health-care policy.

Jim Brunner of The Seattle Times has done a thorough profile of Quigley, the state senator-turned-corporate lawyer and later president of an Everett shipyard who now takes the helm of the largest state agency with about 17,755 employees, which often finds itself in the news when things go wrong – which might be inevitable given the agency’s difficult duties.

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