December 3, 2023


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Head of state Employment Protection Office receives occupation with Biden administration

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The head of Washington state’s unemployment place of work is leaving for a career with the Biden-Harris administration.


In a statement, Governor Jay Inslee praised Work Protection Division Commissioner Suzi LeVine for her major the division “through an exceptionally demanding time,” and drew focus the “successful implementation” of the state’s Paid out Household and Professional medical Leave plan all through her tenure.

LeVine was appointed to head the ESD in 2018 by Gov. Inslee, and verified by the state Senate in the subsequent legislative session. Her tenure was marked by unprecedented unemployment since of the COVID-19 pandemic, which led to significant fraud and delays in getting payments to Washington residents around the class of the previous calendar year.

It’s unclear at this time what work LeVine is using with the new administration, but she has served as an ambassador for the U.S. federal government in the previous. She will be leaving at the close of January, with her new situation successful Feb. 1, 2021.

Cami Feek, presently the agency’s deputy commissioner and main running officer, will move in as performing commissioner for the ESD until eventually a lasting alternative is appointed by the governor.

This story was originally printed on MyNorthwest.

The KIRO Radio Newsdesk contributed to this report.

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