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May 20, 2008

Carole Washburn named L&I deputy director

TUMWATER – Carole Washburn today was named deputy director of operations for the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I).

Washburn currently is executive secretary for the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission, where she is responsible for day-to-day management and operation of the agency. She fills a vacancy at L&I created by the departure in March of Deputy Director Vernon Stoner.

“Carole has a wealth of experience that will help us continue moving forward to meet the needs of the citizens, as well as our own workforce at L&I,” said L&I Director Judy Schurke. “I look forward to using Carole’s strengths in leadership and strategic planning, particularly as she oversees our work in information technology, human resources and internal controls.”

The deputy position is responsible for the agency’s administrative services division, information services program, human resources office and management consulting program.

“I am excited about the opportunity to come and work at L&I,” Washburn said. “I have long admired the professionalism of the L&I staff and the important work the agency is involved in.” She begins her new job June 9.

Washburn, 57, has served in various executive management positions with a number of state agencies, including the Department of Social and Health Services, the Washington State Energy Office, and the Department of Health. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and political science, and a master’s degree in business administration/management, both from the University of Puget Sound.

Washburn has been involved in a number of community and civic organizations, including the board of directors of the Washington State Employees Credit Union; board president (1997-2004) of the Creative Theatre Experience; and board member of Health Plus, Blue Cross of Washington and Alaska.

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For media information: Steve Pierce, 360-902-5412

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