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Inslee Appoints New Agriculture Leader, Replaces Newhouse

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OLYMPIA, Wash. - Gov. Jay Inslee has named three more directors to head up state agencies.

On Tuesday, Inslee appointed Okanogan rancher Don "Bud" Hover to head the Department of Agriculture, replacing Dan Newhouse. Hover's family runs a hay and cattle ranch in Winthrop. He's a former Okanogan County Commissioner and the current chair of the state Salmon Recovery Board.

Inslee retained Bette Hyde as director of the state's Department of Early Learning. Hyde has headed the department since 2009. 

Inslee also named John Wiesman to head the Department of Health, replacing Mary Selecky who recently announced her retirement. Wiesman currently is Clark County's public health director, and is on the board of the National Association of County and City Health Officials.

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