The Capitol Record

L&I director Judy Schurke resigns, Sen. Bob Morton retires

Judy Schurke

Judy Schurke

Labor & Industries director Judy Schurke is resigning her post at the end of the year. Schurke was appointed to the position in March 2007 after serving as interim director for five months.

Gov. Chris Gregoire‘s office announced the news is a press release, lauding Schurke for her role in implementing the “most significant reforms to the workers’ compensation system in its 100-year history” and for leading the department during the economic recession.

Schurke first started at Labor & Industries in 1974 as a clerk typist. She rose to become a supervisor within the department, and left in 1989 to work for Boeing Co. before later returning to the state agency.

Bob Morton

Also today, Sen. Bob Morton announced he is retiring on Jan. 1. The Republican from Kettle Falls has represented the 7th Legislative District for 22 years. Morton said he’s leaving to spend time with his family and allow “new leadership” in the Senate.

Morton is leaving halfway through his term. To fill the vacancy, the Board of County Commissioners in his district must select a replacement from a list of candidates picked by the Republican party.

In a statement, Morton said:

This is the time for me to retire as senator from the 7th legislative district, effective January 1, 2013, thereby opening the door for new leadership in the Senate to take on the responsibility to learn the legislative process and get to know the ‘movers and shakers’ of the state.

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