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Former Wash. state investment leader Joe Dear stepping back from California pension system role

Joe Dear, the former aide to then-Gov. Gary Locke and later executive leader of the Washington State Investment Board, is in the news for less than happy reasons. Bloomberg reported over the weekend that prostate cancer has forced Dear, executive leader of the California pension system, to step back from his day-to-day role managing the largest pension system in the country.

Dear, 62, is chief investment officer at CalPERS and continues to work from home, according to Bloomberg’s report.

Dear hsd roots and enjoyed a public profile in Olympia as a graduate of The Evergreen

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Inslee promotes UTC’s director, David Danner, to chairman’s role

Gov. Jay Inslee announced today he is promoting David Danner, a long-time Olympia hand, to chair the Utilities and Transportation Commission. Danner, who has served as UTC executive director since 2005, is also a former policy adviser on energy issues to former governor Gary Locke.

The full news release is here:

OLYMPIA - Governor Jay Inslee today named David W. Danner as the new chair of the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission.

Danner has been the agency’s Executive Director since 2005. He was previously energy and telecommunications policy advisor to Governor Gary Locke, a member of the state’s

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House committee votes to patch its 2011 reform meant to end abuses in ex-Gov. Locke’s 2001 ‘retire-rehire’ law

A House budget committee gave its unanimous blessings  Tuesday to a bill that cleans up small errors in a Washington state pension reform bill passed in 2011. The original reform, House Bill 1981, had reined in abuses of a so-called “retire-rehire” law that was intended by then-Gov. Gary Locke in 2001 to retain key school personnel who were near retirement age.

The Locke-era bill had let them collect retirement benefits after returning to the job.

The sweeping reform bill passed two years ago was meant to end abuses of the early-retirement option. But it had drafting errors that kept some

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