December 7, 2015
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Postman takes over as chief of staff in governor's office

David Postman, who has served as Gov. Jay Inslee’s executive director of communications, will take over as the governor’s chief of staff starting Dec. 14. Postman will take over for Joby Shimomura, who is stepping down to resume her former career as a glass artist. Shimomura served as Inslee’s congressional chief of staff, has managed several of Inslee’s campaigns, and has been a longtime advisor since 1996.

Postman previously worked as a senior director at Vulcan, Inc., after a 26-year career as a newspaper reporter, including 14 years as a political reporter for The Seattle Times.

Inslee said Postman “is a talented and passionate public servant, and I am confident he will work tirelessly to keep us focused on building a working Washington.”

Jaime Smith, currently the deputy director of communications, will move up to serve as Inslee’s chief spokesperson.

The Spokesman-Review and Seattle Times have more on the story.

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