General counsel departs, other changes in Gregoire cabinet?

November 17, 2008 

Richard E. Mitchell, Gov. Chris Gregoire's general counsel, is leaving to work for Summit Law Group early next month. Mitchell made judicial recommendations to the governor, including on pardons, and served as her surrogate on a number of boards.

Mitchell always came across as intelligent and urbane, and appropriately so: as his career included such urban projects as working on the London Docklands development, and later a master’s degree in urban planning from the University of Michigan before earning his law degree, setting up shop In Seattle, and coming to work for Gregoire.

So far, he stands out as the only high-profile departure from Gregoire's team since her re-election. (I think Mitchell's offices were moved from the Capitol to the General Administration Building – unintentional incentive to depart?)

I asked Gregoire spokesman Pearse Edwards about any other changes in the administration.

"There hasn't been any announcements that I'm aware of," he said.

Worth noting, there was a significant change over before campaign season, back in 2007. That included the departure of Tom Fitzsimmons, her chief of staff, former Transportation Secretary Doug MacDonald, and Corrections Secretary Harold Clarke.

Crossposted at State Workers and Wilson blog.

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