The Public Disclosure Commission announced today it has settled on two finalists out of 71 applicants for the campaign-finance watchdog’s executive director job.
Both Andrea McNamara Doyle and Alan E. Rathbun are veterans of Washington state agencies – Doyle most recently as member of the state Pollution Control Hearings Board and Rathbun as licensing and regulation director for the Washington State Liquor Control Board.
Both meet the public next Wednesday in an open house the PDC describes this way:
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Acting director Doug Ellis, who had been at the PDC since 1992, plans to retire in October. He stepped into the role after longtime leader Vicki Rippie left the agency in March 2010. The PDC has earned high marks nationally under both leaders, placing No. 2 in the most recent rating by the Center for Public Integrity.
The PDC posted these candidate bios:
She came to the Board from Davis Wright Tremaine law firm in Seattle where her areas of practice included energy, environmental regulation, government relations, real estate, and land use. At the firm, she assisted hydroelectric project owners in obtaining water quality certifications from the state and federal license renewals from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
She served for nearly a decade as Senior Counsel and Coordinator of various legislative committees at the Washington State Senate. In her role as a non-partisan staff attorney, Andrea provided independent legal and policy advice to legislators of both parties on a range of environmental issues.
Andrea holds a BA from Western Washington University and a JD from the University of Washington School of Law. She is a member of the Washington State Bar Association.
** Rathbun – Alan has more than 25 years of experience in a variety of regulatory leadership and management positions with the State of Washington. His private sector experience is in the engineering field. For the past four years he has served as the Washington State Liquor Control Board Licensing and Regulation Director where he presently leads a division responsible for issuance, renewal and maintenance of 17,000 liquor licenses involving the manufacture, distribution and retail sale of liquor in Washington State.
Previously, he directed the Pipeline Safety program for the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission. In this role he led a comprehensive pipeline safety program through compliance inspections, technical assistance to local governments and pipeline operators, public education and enforcement.
In addition Alan has held various leadership positions with the Washington State Department of Licensing to include the Assistant Director of Business and Professions and Executive Director of the Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors Board.
Alan is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering.
The PDC’s four commissioners plan further interviews with the candidates on Aug. 25, and no date for announcing a decision is set. Consultants Karras & Associates in Olympia reviewed 71 applicants who responded to the recruitment announcement.
Pay is set at no more than $113,520, plus benefits.
UPDATE to original 4:27 p.m. post Aug. 18 fixes coding error.