Olympia, WA – Gov. Chris Gregoire recently made the following statement on the resignation of Judy Schurke, director of Labor & Industries:
“Judy has my appreciation and respect for a job well done during some of the toughest times in state government. She has led a large and complex agency through some of its largest transformations including a commitment to financial transparency, streamlining of business practices, and building significant stakeholder engagement and trust. Judy has also been the state’s biggest champion of Lean management, using it across the agency and setting an example for us all to follow.
“I was especially pleased to have Judy at my side as we negotiated the most significant reforms to the workers’ compensation system in its 100-year history. Those efforts have brought results for both workers and businesses and have helped prevent significant rate increases during the great recession.
“Judy started with the agency more than 30 years ago and leaves behind a strong legacy. She improved the customer experience, engaged employees and has found solutions. I thank her for her commitment and service.”
Schurke’s resignation is effective December 31, 2012 and an interim replacement will be named.
Source: WA Governor’s Office