David Puente was appointed assistant director for the Field Services and Public Safety Division (FSPS) on Jan. 1, 2018. This position has the authority and responsibility of oversight for the 19 field offices throughout the state of Washington. David is also responsible for the oversight of the public safety programs: Electrical, Factory Assembled Structures, Elevator, and Boiler and Pressure Vessels. FSPS regional offices provide direct customer service at our front counters and preform both compliance and consultative services within the Audit, Investigation, Prevailing Wage, Employment Standards, Collection, and Early Return to Work programs. All of these services are tied to our mission of "keep Washington safe and working," providing a customer-centric focus.
David has been with L&I since 1992 starting as fraud investigator. He joined the Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) in 1995 and served as a safety and health specialist and industrial hygienist, conducting occupational safety and health workplace inspections in the field. In 2003, David served as the DOSH compliance manager for Region 5 (Central Washington). He also served as the statewide compliance manager and deputy assistant director for DOSH. In 2014, David began serving as the assistant director for the Office of Human Resources.
David has a Bachelor of Science degree in occupational safety and health from Central Washington University, Ellensburg, Wash. He enjoys serving his community by being a member of the Washington Officials Association, the South Sound Football Official Association, and the South Sound Umpires Association, officiating baseball and football in our surrounding communities.
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