Governor Jay Inslee appoints new chief of staff

Joby Shimomura

Gov. Jay Inslee has named senior advisor Joby Shimomura as his new chief of staff.

Shimomura, 41, is a longtime aide who has served on the governor’s executive team since he took office in January.

Mary Alice Heuschel, who has served as chief of staff since January, will lead state efforts on an interim basis to implement Results Washington, the governor’s performance measurement effort.

“Joby has been an important part of my team for years and I know Washingtonians will be well served with her as chief of staff,” Inslee said. “She has impressive skills, great instincts and understands how to get things done in government. And I’m thankful that at the same time, Mary Alice has agreed to stay on to focus on the critical second phase of Results Washington as she also explores other leadership opportunities outside state government.”

Shimomura is a veteran Congressional staffer and campaign manager. She was Inslee’s Congressional chief of staff for six years and managed several of his campaigns, dating to his first run for governor in 1996. She has also worked for former Republican Congressman John Miller, a successful Seattle “Schools First” levy campaign and managed both local and state political campaigns. (end)

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