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Eye On Olympia

Another agency head heads into the sunset…

Another member of Gov. Chris Gregoire's cabinet is departing.

Juli Wilkerson, head of the state Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development, is leaving Jan. 9.

In a statement, Wilkerson said she's proud of what the agency's achieved under Gregoire, but "I am unable to commit for an additional four years and it is time for me to retire and be with my family."

A Gonzaga University law school graduate, Wilkerson was appointed to the job in 2003 by then-Gov. Gary Locke.

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