McGuire named to Central Puget Sound Growth Management Hearings Board

OLYMPIA -- Gov. Mike Lowry today appointed Edward G. McGuire of Tacoma to the Central Puget Sound Growth Management Hearings Board.

"Ed has a comprehensive understanding of land use issues and will provide a thorough and fair approach to hearings before the board," the governor said. "His work as a planner and his training in law and dispute resolution will offer a balanced approach in addressing growth management issues."

McGuire, 50, currently serves as attorney for the Pierce County Council. He also has held positions with the Washington State Energy Office, where he acted as legislative liaison, and with the Washington State House of Representatives, where he served as counsel and research analyst for the Energy and Utilities and Natural Resources committees.

McGuire received his law degree in land use and environmental law from the University of Puget Sound. He also earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Illinois and holds planning certification from the American Institute of Certified Planners.

His appointment becomes effective Aug. 12, and his salary will be $76,072.

The Central Puget Sound Growth Management Hearings Board is one of three quasi-judicial boards created by the Washington Legislature to hear appeals to county and city growth-planning policies by King, Pierce, Kitsap and Snohomish counties. Other boards are the Western Washington Growth Management Hearings Board and the Eastern Washington Growth Hearings Board.

Each board has three members appointed by the governor. One must be an attoney, one must be a member of the general public, and one must be a former local elected official. Each board may have no more than two members from the same political party, and no more than two members from the same county.

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