OLYMPIA – Governor Jay Inslee has appointed three residents of the North Olympic Peninsula to state bodies and commissions.
Sequim residents Richard Hendricksen, retired Columbia County director of planning, and Vicki Lowe, councilor of Sequim and Washington’s executive director of the American Indian Health Commission, have been appointed to two boards.
Hendricksen began serving on the Clallam County Boundary Review Board on November 9 and Lowe on November 1 on the Universal Health Care Commission.
Kate Dean, Chair of the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners, joined the Puget Sound Partnership Leadership Council on November 19.
In a press release, Inslee staff wrote that “Boards and commissions are designed to give Washingtoners a voice in their government and enable residents to influence decisions that shape the quality of life for all Washingtoners.”
Hendricksen will serve on the Boundary Review Board through January 31, 2023. There are five seats on the county board, two of which are appointed by the governor. Hendrickson was Sequim’s director of planning from 1998 to 2002 and retired as Columbia County’s director of planning in 2013.
According to state officials, the Audit Committee “is responsible for local annexations, incorporations, spin-offs, and the creation or incorporation of certain specific counties for Clallam County (and) is responsible for expansions of sewage and water services outside of the city or county.”
Lowe will serve as one of 14 members to chair the Universal Health Care Commission through July 2024, seven of whom will be appointed by the governor.
“Universal Health Care is something I firmly believe in,” she said.
According to state officials, the commission intends to “make immediate and effective changes in the system of access and delivery to health care in Washington and prepare the state to create a health system that will serve all residents of Washington through a unified funding system once the necessary federal agency is available.”
In September 2020, Inslee appointed Lowe to the Washington State Women’s Commission, and she is also a member of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Persons (MMIWP) Task Force through the Attorney General’s Office.
She was elected to the Sequim City Council in the November parliamentary elections.
Dean is one of seven board members named by Inslee to the Puget Sound Partnership Leadership Council, and she will serve through June 2025. Its purpose, according to state officials, is “a science-based, results-driven and accountable public partnership” to lead a strategic recovery plan, agenda of action, for the restoration and protection of Puget Sound. ”
They will “facilitate coordination and communication between the various units working to restore Puget Sound,” state officials wrote.
For more information on Washington’s boards of directors and commissions, visit www.governor.wa.gov/boards-commissions.