The Capitol Record

Pat Kohler leaves Liquor Control Board to head Dept. of Licensing

Gov. Jay Inslee has tapped Liquor Control Board director Pat Kohler to head up the state Department of Licensing.

Kohler has led the liquor board for the last decade as it transitioned under Initiative 1183, which privatized liquor in Washington state. The board is now tasked with developing rules for legal marijuana under Initiative 502.

Gov. Inslee praised Kohler’s lean management skills and ability to “negotiate fair deals and provide top-quality service to the customers and taxpayers of Washington.”

The governor announced the decision Wednesday along with three other appointments, which nearly completes his executive cabinet.

Christopher Liu will serve as director of the Department of Enterprise Services. For the past year, Liu has been the director of the Office of Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises.

Rob St. John was reappointed to serve as director of Consolidated Technical Services.

Jesus Sanchez was named director of the Center for Regulatory Innovation and Assistance, an agency that will replace the Office of Regulatory Assistance. Sanchez previously worked as the public works manager for the city of Shoreline.

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