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Media Contacts

Our communications staff are here to answer your questions about L&I's programs and services.

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General agency information, legislative issues. Tim Church,
Public Affairs Manager
Workers' compensation insurance – employer services Rena Shawver
Workers' compensation claims – medical providers Barbara Davis
Workplace safety and health Elaine Fischer
Injured Young Workers Speakers Program Xenofon Moniodis
Contractor registration
Fraud prevention and investigations
Plumber certification
Underground economy
Debby Abe
Apprenticeship and prevailing wage
Boiler inspections
Electrical inspections and licensing
Manufactured home (factory-assembled structures)
Prevailing wage
Wage-and-hour topics: minimum wage, overtime, minor workers, and wage claims
Matthew Erlich
Small business outreach
Celia Nightingale
Hispanic outreach Lisa Heaton

Facts and Figures

L&I is a diverse state agency dedicated to the safety, health and security of Washington workers and protecting the public from unsafe work and economic hardship.


Complete list of L&I Facts and Figures (81 KB PDF).

2014 figures

  • Workers' compensation insurance provided for 169,000 employers and 2.58 million workers.
  • Workplace safety and health inspections or consultations: 7,200.
  • Unpaid wages collected: $2.1 million.
  • Electrical wiring jobs inspected: 203,975.
  • Boilers/pressure vessels inspected: 15,881.
  • Elevators/conveyances inspected: 9,887.
  • New apprentice registrations: 11,017.

For information about workers' compensation figures, read L&I's Your Premium Dollars at Work (F200-022-000):

  • An accounting of how State Fund premium dollars are spent.
  • Workers' Compensation Statistics at a Glance.

2014 News Archives

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Leadership Team

“Keep Washington safe and working”

L&I's various and diverse programs are led by a group of hard-working professionals and subject matter experts known as the department's Leadership Team. In addition to leading their own programs on a day-to-day basis, this group works together to determine future direction and policies for the entire organization. In essence, they are L&I's brain trust.


Joel Sacks

Joel Sacks, Director

Joel Sacks is the Director of the Department of Labor and Industries. Between 2004 and 2011, he worked at the state Employment Security Department serving as deputy commissioner and assistant commissioner for the Budget, Policy and Communications Division. Prior to joining Employment Security, he was deputy director of field services at L&I. He also served 4 years at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in the U.S. Department of Labor. Joel holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Haverford College and a master's degree in public administration from Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Public Affairs. He lives in Olympia with his wife and 2 girls.

Ernie LaPalm

Ernie LaPalm, Deputy Director

Ernie LaPalm has been the Deputy Director since December 5, 2005. Previously Ernie served as the Deputy Assistant Director for Insurance Services since May 2003. Prior to joining Insurance Services Ernie worked for seven years for Specialty Compliance Services. He was the Acting Assistant Director and then the Operations Manager handling most of the day-to-day operational aspects of the division. He was involved with budget, human resources, information technology, regulatory and legislative issues as well.

Ernie has also worked in human resource positions, including Human Resource Manager, overseeing the personnel, payroll and labor relations services for L&I. He also served as the Executive Director for the Secretary of State's Productivity Board.

Randi Warick

Randi Warick, Deputy Director for Financial Management


Assistant Directors

  • Kim Contris, Assistant Director for Web & Communication Services.
  • David Puente, Assistant Director for Human Resources.
  • Tammy Fellin, Legislative Director for the Government Affairs & Policy Division.
  • Chris Freed, Assistant Director for Administrative Services.
  • Dan Johnston, Director of the Office of Internal Audit.
  • Vickie Kennedy, Assistant Director for Insurance Services.
  • Bob Lanouette, Assistant Director for Information Services.
  • Amy Leneker, Assistant Director for the Governmental Affairs & Policy Division.
  • Roy Plaeger-Brockway, Assistant Director for the Lean Transformation Office.
  • José Rodriguez, Assistant Director for Field Services & Public Safety.
  • Elizabeth Smith, Assistant Director for Fraud Prevention & Labor Standards.
  • Anne Soiza, Assistant Director for the Division of Occupational Safety & Health.

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