New director to head Washington Dept. of General Administration

Washington’s Department of General Administration has a new director. Governor Chris Gregoire announced last Friday the appointment of Joyce Turner, the deputy chief of staff for Gov. Gregoire, as the new director, citing Ms. Turner’s experience and commitment to customer service.

The Department of General Administration (GA) oversees more than $400 million in goods and services contracts annually and manages over $500 million in “green” public design and construction projects. According to a report released February, GA has been focused on the state’s vehicle fleet and sustainability practices.

Under direction by Gov. Gregoire, GA is moving forward with a fleet consolidation plan and a lease management strategy that would reduce costs and increase shared use. Half of the state’s Motor Pool is made of hybrid vehicles, a distinction that ranks it first among all states in the number of hybrid-electric vehicles and third among all public-sector fleets.

Ms. Turner will be replacing Linda Bremer who worked as director of GA since 2005. Before joining the department, Ms. Bremer was Director of the Division of Information Technology Services at the Washington State Liquor Control Board, having also served in senior functions at the Department of Licensing and the Department of Personnel.