FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 17, 1996
Lowry appoints Gary Moore to head Employment
OLYMPIA -- Gov. Mike Lowry today
named Gary Moore as commissioner of the Washington State Employment
Lowry said Moore will do an exceptional job guiding the department
through continuing changes in the state's workforce development
programs, as well as directing advancements in technology that
will affect the agency's day-to-day operations into the next century.
"Gary has clearly proven himself a leader in state government,"
Lowry said. "His management skills and policy expertise make
him an excellent choice to lead Employment Security through its
Lowry also noted that Moore has extensive knowledge about workforce
training programs which will be a high priority for the department
in the upcoming years.
Moore, 46, is currently the governor's deputy staff director,
coordinating legislative activities for the governor's office.
He previously served as director of legislative relations for
the governor's office during 1994-95.
Prior to joining the governor's office, Moore served as senior
staff consultant for the state Office of Financial Management
during 1994, coordinating executive branch activities for the
Washington Performance Partnership, which developed strategies
to improve the effectiveness of state government.
Previously, Moore spent 20 years with the Washington Federation
of State Employees (AFSCME, AFL-CIO), including 10 years as executive
director. As director, he led operations for the 20,000-member
state employee labor union.
Moore also has served on the Washington State Investment Board,
the Washington State Health Care Commission and the Washington
State Public Employees' Benefits Board. He earned his bachelor's
degree in political science from the University of Washington
and his master's in public administration from the University
Moore will earn $93,659 annually. He will assume his new role
May 1, following a two-week transition with departing Commissioner
Vernon Stoner. Stoner has accepted the position of city manager
for Vancouver, Wash.
The Employment Security Department provides a variety of services
for workers and employers across the state. Last year, the department
paid out $837 million in unemployment insurance benefits to more
than 245,000 people.
The agency also helps employers and job seekers through screenings
and referrals for job openings, job skills training and relocation,
disaster assistance, veterans' outreach programs and job service
center programs. Employment Security staff also provide labor
market information, electronic job information for 10 statewide
Washington Information Network (WIN) kiosks, and assorted service
programs through 29 local job service centers, 12 district tax
offices, 12 satellite offices, 30 remote stations and itinerant
offices, and 12 rural self-service sites.
The agency has 2,225 employees and a biennial budget of $434 million.
For more information, contact the Governor's Communications Office at 360-753-6790.