FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - June 17, 1996
Lowry names Judith Merchant to Personnel
OLYMPIA - Gov. Mike Lowry today
named state Energy Office Director Judith Merchant to the Washington
State Personnel Appeals Board. The three-member board deliberates
appeals from employees of both state agencies and higher education
Merchant has been director of the Washington State Energy Office
since June 1993. The office is being dismantled as a result of
legislation passed this year and its duties will be taken up by
other agencies. Prior to heading the Energy Office, Merchant
was deputy director of the state Department of Fisheries. She
also has worked in the Department of Social and Health Services
as director of the divisions of Alcohol and Substance Abuse, Income
Assistance and Intergovernmental Relations.
"Judith is a devoted public servant," Lowry said.
"Her judgment and understanding of the merit system and personnel
principles will benefit state government and its employees."
Merchant has served on numerous state and national executive
boards and committees, including the Pacific Fisheries Management
Council and the Timber, Fish and Wildlife Policy Committee, which
she co-chaired. She is currently a member of the Executive Committee
of the Western Interstate Energy Board and serves as chairwoman
of the National Association of State Energy Officials.
Merchant earned her bachelor of arts degree from the University
of Iowa, graduating summa cum laude, and is a member of Phi Beta
Kappa. She holds a master's degree in public administration and
a graduate degree in education. In addition to her professional
activities, Merchant is a member of the board of directors of
the Washington State Employees Credit Union and volunteers for
the American Cancer Society. She also was a charter member of
the advisory board of the St. Peter's Hospital Community Care
Clinic in Olympia.
Merchant will serve a six-year term beginning July 1, replacing
Art Wang, who resigned from the board. She will earn $66,803
For more information, contact the Governor's Communications Office at 360-753-6790.