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P.O. Box 43130 Olympia, Washington 98504-3130 (360) 902-9910

Jan. 7, 2005


Governor-elect Gregoire appoints new budget director and three other key posts

OLYMPIA – Governor-elect Christine Gregoire announced today that she will appoint Victor A. Moore of Olympia as director of the Office of Financial Management – the state’s key budget and policy post.

She also announced the appointment of:

  • Laurie Dolan of Spokane as director of the governor’s Executive Policy Office
  • Marty Brown of Olympia as director of legislative affairs
  • Lyle Canceko of Seattle as community relations manager

“I am delighted that these fine people have agreed to join my administration,” Gregoire said. “They each bring a different set of skills and experience that will greatly help us build the future of the state of Washington.

“Victor Moore has an encyclopedic knowledge of the state budget process as well as many years of experience and an excellent working relationship with the Legislature. We have a very difficult challenge in the months ahead regarding the budget. He is just the right person for this demanding job,” Gregoire said.

“Laurie will bring an Eastern Washington perspective as well as her knowledge of education and agricultural issues,” Gregoire said. “She also brings a great deal of experience in developing partnerships between government and business.”

Marty Brown “is a seasoned professional with many years of experience in dealing with the Legislature,” Gregoire said. “His experience as the state’s budget director will also be very helpful in working with the Legislature.”

“Lyle will bring great energy to the job and a demonstrated ability to work effectively with a wide variety of constituencies,” Gregoire said. “He has traveled with me to every part of the state and I know he will make sure that the concerns of the people of the state of Washington are addressed.”

Moore is currently Appropriations Committee staff coordinator for the Washington House of Representatives. He has served in a number of budget and policy positions in state government since 1980, including senior budget assistant to Gov. Booth Gardner. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from California State University, Sacramento.

Dolan retired last year after 30 years with Spokane Public Schools, including serving as a first grade teacher and executive director for Special Services. She helps manage an 850-acre family farm growing wheat and lentils. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Washington and a Masters degree in Special Education and Ph.D in organizational leadership from Gonzaga University.

Brown has served as OFM director since 1999. He previously was legislative director and deputy chief of staff for Gov. Gary Locke, and legal counsel, leadership counsel, staff director and secretary of the Washington State Senate. He holds a Bachelor of General Studies from the University of Iowa and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Puget Sound School of Law.

Canceko was in charge of external relations for the Gregoire for Governor campaign. He earlier was outreach director and assistant deputy communications director for Gov. Locke. He also was correspondence manager for the Seattle Mayor’s Office. He attended Santa Monica College in California and Trinity Lutheran College in Samammish.

Gregoire also announced that she is asking Governor Locke’s chief of staff, Tom Fitzsimmons, to stay on for six months in his current position. “It is very important for the citizens of the State of Washington that continuity of state services be maintained,” Gregoire said. “I have worked with Tom for many years and I appreciate his willingness to carry on.”


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