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June 6, 2007

L&I names Vernon Stoner deputy director for operations

TUMWATER — Vernon Stoner, a former deputy chief executive officer for Sound Transit and formerly the city manager in Vancouver and Lacey, today was named deputy director for operations at the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I).

“Vernon is a great addition to L&I’s management team because of his wealth of experience and his strengths in leadership, budgeting, strategic planning and intergovernmental and community relations,” said L&I Director Judy Schurke, who made the appointment.

The deputy director position has been vacant since Schurke was promoted from the position in October to be acting director of L&I and then, in March, to be L&I’s permanent director. The deputy position is responsible for the agency’s administrative services division, information services program, human resources office and management consulting program.

Stoner most recently has been administrator for L&I’s Region 3 in Tacoma, a position he has held since August 2006. He formerly served for five years as deputy chief executive officer with Sound Transit in Seattle. He was city manager in Vancouver, Wash., from 1996 to 2000; commissioner of the Washington State Employment Security Department from 1991 to 1996; city manager in Saginaw, Mich., from 1987 to 1991; and city manager in Lacey from 1981 to 1987.

Stoner has been active in civic and community organizations, including serving as president of the Washington City Management Association and the National Forum of Black Administrators.

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For media information: Steve Pierce at 360-902-5412 or piet235@LNI.wa.gov.

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The Department of Labor & Industries has appointed Vernon Stoner as its deputy director for operations. Stoner has been with the agency since last August as a regional administrator, based in Tacoma.

His career has included being deputy chief executive officer for Sound Transit, commissioner of the Employment Security Department, and city manager in several cities, including Vancouver and Lacey.

L&I Director Judy Schurke cited Stoner’s strengths in leadership, budgeting, strategic planning, and intergovernmental and community relations as reasons for the appointment. He begins the job June 18.

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