“We have been looking for a very specific kind of leader to help us maintain a results-driven operation,” Inslee said. “Leaders who have embraced and demonstrated the ability to use lean management systems.”
Inslee said his new appointments are “a cadre of agents for change,” and that all five have previously demonstrated commitment to results and constant quality improvement.
Former state Sen. Kevin Quigley from Snohomish County will be leading the Department of Social and Health Services. Quigley is the former president of the U.S. Fab division for Vigor Industrial, and a former president of Vigor’s shipyard in Everett.
Dale Peinecke is slated to be the new director of Employment Security. Peinecke has spent more than a decade as a leader in the aerospace industry and is the past chair of the Snohomish County Workforce Development.
Alfie Alvarado-Ramos, currently the Deputy Director of the Washington State’s Department of Veterans Affairs, will be stepping up to head the department. Alvarado spent 22 years in the military before retiring in 1993.
Marcie Frost will be Inslee’s new Director of the Department of Retirement Systems. Prior to her current post as Deputy Director for the DRS, Frost held executive positions in three different professions – public pension administration, human resources and information technology.
Joel Sacks will take over as head of the Department of Labor and Industries. Sacks has been at the state Employment Security Department for the past seven years, most recently as the deputy deputy commissioner.
Following the announcement of the new members of the cabinet, Inslee stayed to address questions from the press corps about the budget shortfall, gun control and transportation.
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