OLYMPIA – The alcohol and Cannabis Board (LCB) announces that Gov. Jay Inslee has appointed David Postman as Chair of the LCB Board.
Prior to his appointment, Mr. Postman had served as Gov. Inslee’s chief of staff from Dec. 2015 until Nov. 15, 2020 today. He served in the Inslee Administration since the governor took office in 2013, first serving as his director that is executive of. The company headed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen before joining the administration, Postman served as a senior director at Vulcan Inc. Mr. Postman has a career that is 26-year an award-winning journalist in Oregon, Alaska and Washington, including 14 years being employed as a political reporter for The Seattle Times.
“David has considerable experience bringing individuals together working through complex and hard dilemmas,” Gov. Jay Inslee stated. “He has the capacity to pay attention to viewpoints that are divergent synthesize feedback to move toward resolution. He is committed to openness and transparency, and understands local government well. I Understand David makes an addition that is excellent the LCB Board and I am so glad that he will continue to serve the people of Washington.”
The Board is composed of three members appointed by the Governor to terms that are six-year. The Board holds regular meetings that are public work sessions with stakeholders, makes policy and budget decisions, and adjudicates contested license applications and enforcement actions on licensees. Board members also hired the agency’s Director, Rick Garza, who manages operations that are day-to-day. The agency has certification, enforcement, income tax collection and/or regulatory functions alcohol that is concerning cannabis, vape and tobacco. A staff is had by it of around 350.
“David was the main LCB’s efforts to greatly help get Washington’s pioneering managed cannabis system from the ground through the beginning,” stated Garza. “He helped show the U.S. Dept. of Justice that Washington State could properly implement a safe and system that is orderly. Ultimately, the Justice Department issued the Cole Memo which stipulated the government’s that is federal moving forward.”
Mr. Postman succeeds former Board Seat Jane Rushford whose term expired in Feb. 2021.
“Jane offered since the consummate expert. I thank her on her solution towards the Board, its employees as well as for her contributions that are many” said Postman. “I am looking forward to carrying on efforts begun under her tenure, particularly the Board’s efforts to increase diversity and equity within the state’s regulated cannabis system.”
Mr. Postman begins his term that is six-year March, 2021. He joins current Board people Ollie Garrett and Russ Hauge.