Governor to recognize outstanding state managers

OLYMPIA -- Gov. Mike Lowry today recognized 18 outstanding state managers at the 11th annual Distinguished Management Leadership Awards luncheon at the Executive Mansion.

"Today's state managers face tight restrictions on resources, rising public expectations, unprecedented technological advances, and a changing workforce," the governor said. "But these leaders have found a way to not only improve state government but to inspire others with their commitment to public service."

This year's program recognizes managers from 17 state agencies. Ten of the honorees received the Distinguished Management Leadership Award. Eight honorees received the Governor's Sustaining Leadership Award, recognizing long-standing leadership in state government.

A selection committee composed of agency directors and Governor's Office staff chose the winners for both awards from a statewide field of 53 managers.

Distinguished Management Leadership Award winners:

Jerry W. AlbDepartment of Transportation Olympia
Penny BlackDept. of Social and Health Services Olympia
Bob BowmanDept. of Social and Health Services Seattle
Mary E. BurgDepartment of Ecology Olympia
Gail Finley RareyDepartment of Health Sumner
Dick GebhartDepartment of Revenue Elma
John La RocqueDept. of Community, Trade and Economic Development Olympia
Capt. Robert J. LopezWashington State Patrol Olympia
Patricia PalmerDept. of Veterans' Affairs Puyallup
Patricia Stoneman LoweDept. of Social and Health Services Seattle

Governor's 1996 Sustaining Leadership Award winners

Sydney W. BeckettDepartment of Licensing Olympia
Charles ElzieDept. of Veterans' Affairs Spanaway
Susan L. EverettDepartment of Transportation Seattle
Mary Ann LaFaziaDept. of Social and Health Services McCleary
Ernest LaPalmDept. of Labor and Industries Lacey
Vikki RiffeDepartment of Revenue Lacey
Michael RundlettDepartment of Ecology Bothell
Janeen M. WadsworthDepartment of Corrections Olympia


For more information, contact the Governor's Communications Office at 360-753-6790.