Gov. Gary Locke has a new chief of staff, and he’s no stranger. It’s Tom Fitzsimmons, who has been the head of the state Department of Ecology since 1997. Fitzsimmons starts his new post Oct. 1.
Fitzsimmons will be paid $130,668 a year, the same as former chief of staff Fred Kiga, who left recently for a job in the private sector.
Locke, who has decided not to run for a third term, has 15 months left in office.
“Until the 13th century, priests were beheaded for this.”
-former Spokane County prosecutor Don Brockett, urging lawmakers to remove the statute of limitations for child abuse cases.
Republicans in the state House of Representatives have elected Rep. Richard DeBolt, a Republican from the rural Western Washington town of Chehalis, as the top GOP lawmaker in the House.
DeBolt will take the reins from Rep. Cathy McMorris, R-Colville, who’s giving up the leadership position — but not her state lawmaker seat — in order to devote more time to her run for Congress. She’s one of several Republicans gunning for the seat being vacated by Congressman George Nethercutt.