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Top Inslee aide stepping down

OLYMPIA — Ted Sturdevant, the head of Gov. Jay Inslee's legislative affairs and policy office, will step down at the end of June.

In an e-mail to legislators today, Sturdevant said he decided “it's time for a different pace and a different work-life balance.”  Sturdevant, who was director of the Department of Ecology under Inslee's predecessor Christine Gregoire, and said he first went to work for the Oregon Legislature 30 years ago.

“I have an enormous amount of respect for those of you who are willing to surmount those obstacles and make the sacrifices required to serve the state as elected leaders,” he wrote in the e-mail.

Inslee's office said no decision has been made on a replacement.

Inslee names three top spots

OLYMPIA — Governor-elect Jay Inslee began filling out his executive office staff today, naming a director of his legislative office, his press office and a “senior advisor.”

Ted Sturdevant, currently the director of the state Department of Eclology, was named Inslee's executive director for legislative affairs and policy. Sturdevant also worked for Gov. Gary Locke, as a staffer in the Oregon Legislature and on several national campaigns in the two states.

David Postman, a former reporter for the Seattle Times, was named Inslee's executive director for Communictions. Until recently, Postman was director of  communications and medial for Vulcan, Inc., in Seattle.

Joby Shimomura, Inslee's former chief of staff for his congressional office for six years and a top member of his campaign staff in last year's successful gubernatorial race, was named a senior advisor.

Inslee said he will reorganize and combine some current offices, and expects to reduce the overall staff of the governor's office by four to eight people.

Gregoire names Sturdevant to head DoE

Ted Sturdevant was named this morning the new director of the state Department of Ecology.

Gov. Chris Gregoire announced the appointment to replace Jay Manning, who moved from head of DoE to be her chief of staff.

Sturdevant has been with DoE for 7 years as director of external affairs, and before that worked for Gov. Gary Locke.

He starts today, at an annual salary of $141,549.

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