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Batiste to remain at helm of WSP

Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste will keep his badge over the objections of troopers.

Gov.-elect Jay Inslee said today he will re-appoint Batiste today, citing the chief's extensive law enforcement experience and record of results at the helm of the 2,400 person agency.

“Chief Batiste has demonstrated the kind of results-oriented leadership that I believe every agency in the state needs,” Inslee said in prepared remarks. “He has had a distinguished career in law enforcement and I know he will continue to improve an already outstanding agency.”

Earlier this month, the labor union representing state troopers urged Inslee to replace Batiste.

Also today, Inslee said he will keep Corrections Secretary Bernard Warner in charge of the state's prions.

Union urges Inslee to replace WSP chief

OLYMPIA (AP) — The union for Washington State Patrol troopers and sergeants wants Gov.-elect Jay Inslee to replace Chief John Batiste.

Washington State Patrol Troopers Association President Tommie Pillow told The Olympian the chief is out of touch.

A spokesman for Batiste says he's not talking about his future plans at this point. And, a spokesman for Inslee says he's still considering suggestions for cabinet positions.

Gov. Chris Gregoire appointed Batiste in 2005. The patrol has more than 2,400 employees and the union represents about 1,000.

Pillow already has a replacement in mind for the chief's job. The union likes Lakewood Police Chief Bret Farrar, who has recruited 10 troopers to work for the city. Farrar says he's interested but has not been contacted by Inslee's transition team.

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