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Thu., April 24, 2008, 2:23 p.m.

Connelly named to executive ethics board…

Gov. Chris Gregoire has appointed Spokane City Attorney Mike Connelly, a former legislative candidate and former Spokane city attorney, to the the state's executive ethics board. Connelly is also a former member (and chairman) of the state Public Disclosure Commission. His term on the ethics board runs through Sept. 30, 2011.

(NOTE: And he's not to be confused with Mike O'Connell, counsel to the state's legislative ethics board. An earlier version of this post said that O'Connell worked for the executive ethics board, which would have made life hard for whoever takes their meeting minutes. But two different boards? All is well. Mea culpa.)

Moving on...Other appointments of note:

--Hoquiam lawyer Keith Kessler, husband of state Rep. Lynn Kessler and subject of a famous confrontation last year between Rep. Kessler and Rep. Dan Roach, has been named to the Evergreen State College board of trustees.

--and Gonzaga safety and security associate director Robert Cepeda has been appointed to the Commission on Hispanic Affairs. Cepeda's term ends Aug. 1, 2008, which looks like a typo but isn't. According to the governor's office, Cepeda is serving the remainder of a term for a commissioner who resigned.

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