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Posted on: October 22, 2012

County selects Jennifer Joly to lead government relations

Jennifer Joly, an experienced policy advisor for the Washington Legislature and the Governor's Office, has been selected as head of government relations for Pierce County.

Joly was selected by a panel of county officials that included Executive Pat McCarthy, Council Chair Joyce McDonald and Prosecutor Mark Lindquist. Joly succeeds George Walk, who retired in June after 22 years of representing Pierce County's interests with state, federal and local governments.

"This is a very important position that works on Pierce County's priorities with decision makers at every level of government," McCarthy said. "Jennifer brings a depth of experience that ensures Pierce County will continue to have a strong voice in Olympia and Washington, D.C. on transportation, public safety and other issues that are crucial to our community."

Joly, a Tacoma resident for the last 10 years, has spent her career in a variety of key positions in Olympia. She served then-Gov. Gary Locke as transportation policy advisor, legislative director and eventually as general counsel. Before that, she served as counsel to the state House of Representatives during the time when every leadership position was shared by Democrats and Republicans due to a 49-49 tie. She started her career as legal counsel and research analyst for the state Legislative Transportation Committee.

"I love this community," Joly said, "and I am looking forward to using my experience in the executive and legislative branches to help Pierce County meet its policy goals."

She has a bachelor's degree from the University of Washington and a law degree from Seattle University. She recently resigned her position as chair of the state Public Disclosure Commission so she could take the Pierce County job. She still serves as one of 11 trustees on Group Health Cooperative's board of directors.

Joly's appointment is on the County Council's consent agenda for its 3 p.m. meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 23.

Hunter George, Pierce County Communications director(253)

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