"Locke Appoints Staff, Board"

“Locke has named his director of intergovernmental affairs, Helen Howell, as his new deputy chief of staff.Howell will replace Marty Brown, who left the Governor’s Office last month to head the state Office of Financial Management.“Helen brings a great deal of public policy experience, outstanding credentials, and a strong commitment to the ideals of this administration,” Locke said. “I am extremely pleased to appoint her as my deputy chief of staff.”As deputy chief of staff, Howell will oversee 29 small agencies in Locke’s cabinet, manage the Governor’s Office staffing, budget and information systems, and handle special projects.Howell joined the Locke administration earlier this year with over 10 years of public policy and advocacy experience, including the practice of law and public interest work. In Washington, D.C., she served as special assistant to the president and deputy staff secretary at the White House, as well as counsel to U.S. Sen. Patty Murray. She was also vice president for public policy at Planned Parenthood Federation of America.Howell earned her bachelor’s degree from Vassar College. She also holds a diploma in legal studies from Oxford University and a juris doctorate from Columbia University Law School.Howell begins serving as the deputy chief of staff immediately. The position carries an annual salary of $99,384.Governor Gary Locke has also announced appointments to the Personnel Appeals Board and the Central Puget Sound Growth Management Hearings Board.Leana D. Lamb, of Sumner, is currently the acting executive director of the Commission on Hispanic Affairs. She was previously the superintendent of Rainier School. She will join the Personnel Appeals Board.Lamb’s term begins January 24,2000 and expires July 26, 2005. Her annual salary is $70,871. The board hears appeals related to personnel matters of state employees.Lois North, of Seattle, is a former member of the Washington State House of Representatives and the Washington State Senate. She has also served as a King County Councilmember.North will join the Central Puget Sound Growth Management Hearings Board. Her annual salary is $78,354. The board hears petitions challenging whether actions of state agencies, counties and cities comply with the goals and requirements of the Growth Management Act.”