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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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