Gov. Chris Gregoire has appointed Democrat Chris Marr to the state Liquor Control Board. Marr is a Spokane senator with a background in business who lost his re-election bid in November for a second term.
The full announcement is here. It quotes Gregoire as saying:
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Marr has been chairman of a Spokane-area auto dealership, chairman of the state Transportation Commission, a regent for Washington State University and chairman of the Spokane Regional Chamber of Commerce.
He starts Tuesday, Feb. 1, and still needs to be confirmed by his recent colleagues in the Democrat-controlled state Senate. He’ll earn $51,605 in a job rated as 60 percent of full time, which is more than the Senate paid him, and he’ll be part of the board that oversees the agency and decides many liquor license issues.
Already on the board are Sharon Foster, the chair, and Ruthann Kurose. Marr replaces Linda Bremer, who served a short stint on the board after serving as director of the state Department of General Administration.