The Capitol Record

Inslee names new state transportation secretary

Lynn Peterson

Governor Jay Inslee has named Lynn Peterson as the new secretary of Washington’s Department of Transportation.

Peterson, who is currently an adviser to Oregon’s governor, will take over the post held by Paula Hammond since 2007. Hammond announced her resignation on Tuesday.

“We need an innovative approach to fixing a transportation network that is outdated and hampering our economic growth,” Inslee said in a news release. “Lynn has the experience, creativity and leadership skills to help Washington build a transportation system for the 21st century. And we’ll do that in a way that more efficiently moves people and goods and reduces carbon emissions.”

Inslee also announced the appointment of bank executive Carol Kobuke Nelson to lead the Department of Revenue. Nelson helped lead Bank of America, Cascade Financial Corporation and Opus Bank over a 25-year career.

“She has demonstrated dynamic leadership that is evident in the bottom lines of the banks she’s worked for and has been widely recognized for creating a positive corporate culture with high morale,” Inslee said.

Also on Tuesday, Scott Jarvis was reappointed as Director of the Department of Financial Institutions and Nicholas Brown was named the governor’s general counsel.

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