Gov. Jay Inslee is changing his inner-office lineup. His longtime adviser Joby Shimomura is taking over the chief of staff role in the Governor’s Office, replacing Mary Alice Heuschel.
Heuschel, a former school superintendent, is moving to an interim role in charge of Inslee’s government efficiency efforts known as Results Washington.
Heuschel was a newcomer to state government when she started as chief of staff in January, and she isn’t planning to make it a career. The announcement by Inslee’s office says Heuschel is expected to look for other options outside of state service.
The first year governor’s full announcement of the staffing change is here.
In it, the Governor’s Office describes Shimomura as “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.”
And Inslee praised Heuschel, saying:
“Mary Alice did remarkable work establishing Results Washington and did it in a way that both inspired state employees and set exceedingly high standards for performance across state government … She’s an enormously skilled leader with a work ethic second to none.”