Oct 09, 2015
Stoel Rives said partner Tim O'Connell was named a “Heavy Lifter” by the Association of Washington Business for testifying to the Legislature on workforce issues that affect the business and regulatory climate. O'Connell is a labor and employment and telecom lawyer and chairs the Legal Affairs Committee for AWB.
Clearwater Paper Corp. announced the retirement of Danny G. Johansen as president of the pulp and paperboard division. Patrick T. Burke, who currently is president of the consumer products division, has been named group president overseeing both the pulp and paperboard and consumer products businesses. Johansen will serve through March 2016 to assist with the transition. Burke has experience in manufacturing, warehouse operations and supply chain management.
Oct 08, 2015
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Supreme Court Justice Dana Fabe plans to retire next year.
Fabe, who was the first woman appointed to serve on the court and the first woman to serve as chief justice, intends to retire June 1. The Alaska court system released news of Fabe's planned retirement on Tuesday.
Fabe, who was appointed to the court in 1996, has served three terms as chief justice, the most recent ending this past June.
Fabe said she was giving early notice of her retirement because it can take months to fill a judicial vacancy, and she wants to have a smooth transition.
YAKIMA (AP) — The Yakima City Council is drafting a separation agreement with City Manager Tony O'Rourke.
The Yakima Herald-Republic reports that that the council voted 4-1 Tuesday to draft the agreement. On Aug. 24, O'Rourke told the council he was resigning, effective Jan. 1.
The single dissenting vote was cast by Dave Ettl, who said he worried the council was not following proper procedure because O'Rourke has not submitted a formal letter of resignation.
O'Rourke has publically accused City Council members of breaking state law by leaking news of his resignation to the media, but other critics counter that O'Rourke may have violated state law by announcing his resignation in executive session.
Oct 07, 2015
Astra Women's Business Alliance named three women entrepreneurs to lead its Washington Leadership Forum. They will elevate issues facing women-owned businesses to Astra's regional office in Portland and to national leaders of the Women's Business Enterprise National Council. They are: Betta Beasley of 2rbConsulting in Kirkland, Sandy Brewer of Pinnacle Investigations and Pinnacle Professional Services in Spokane Valley, and Kelly Sparks of VMG/studio520 in Bellevue.
The Public Disclosure Commission appointed Tacoma attorney Evelyn Fielding Lopez executive director. Lopez served in the Attorney General's Office, and as chief of the AGO's Labor & Industries Division. The commission focuses on campaign finances, lobbying expenditures and the personal financial affairs of government officials.
Oct 06, 2015
Lane Powell attorney Daniel Kittle has been selected to serve in the Association of Washington Business Institute's Leadership Washington Class of 2016. Leadership Washington is a nine-month leadership training program designed to expose participants to industrial and political issues.
A Contemporary Theatre said incoming artistic director John Langs will oversee six plays in the mainstage season, plus two large-scale shows in ACTLab. He joined ACT as associate artistic director in 2013 and takes over as artistic director in January after Kurt Beattie's retirement.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter has announced that Jeff Sayer, director of the Idaho Department of Commerce, will step down at the end of the year.
Otter said in a prepared statement Friday that Sayer is resigning to pursue private business opportunities.
Sayer has been the department's chief since 2011.
During his tenure as commerce director, Sayer helped passed the tax reimbursement incentive — a tax break designed to lure businesses to expand in Idaho. Otter's office says it will accept applications for the now open position until Nov. 1.