Jay Inslee may not get much traction is his efforts to jam through his extreme environmental political agenda in Washington State, but he certainly does lead the way in recycling – where his own staff is concerned.
For the third time in less than three years in office, Inslee is bringing on a new chief of staff to “manage” his administration. This time, rather than go with a political outsider (first chief, Mary Alice Heuschel, who lasted less than a year), or a political insider (chief two, Inslee’s own top congressional staffer, Joby Shimomura), the green governor is hoping third time is a charm by picking someone like himself, with no management experience cluttering up his resume.
The new Chief is David Postman, most well-known as a former political reporter for the Seattle Times. According to Inslee, Postman is “a talented and passionate public servant”, praise which is based on his almost three years working as the governor’s Director of Communications.
It does seem fitting that a governor who seemingly runs his office by press release now has as his top “manager” someone who can at least write those releases.