The Public Disclosure Commission has appointed Fred Kiga interim executive director to replace Andrea McNamara Doyle who has resigned, effective June 1.
"We appreciate Fred's willingness to step in and lead the agency while the commission recruits a new, permanent executive director," said Grant Degginger, Commission Chair. "Fred's extensive knowledge of state government and his many years of experience leading teams in both the public and private sectors will help make the transition in leadership as smooth as possible."
Mr. Kiga was most recently Senior Vice President of Government Affairs for Vigor Industrial, until the company relocated all headquarter functions out of state. He has also held executive management positions at Amazon.com, The Boeing Company, and Russell Investment Group. Mr. Kiga served in senior positions as a member of Governor Gary Locke's administration from 1997 through 2003. As the Director of the Department of Revenue, he led the agency through technology initiatives, including development of the nation's first internet tax filing system and a web-based sales tax geographic information system. Mr. Kiga was responsible for the oversight of all government operations, including strategic planning, policy development, budgeting, and operations, as the Governor's chief of staff.
Mr. Kiga holds Juris Doctor and MBA degrees from the University of Washington.
The Commission's departing executive director, Andrea McNamara Doyle, will work through the end of May and then continue in an advisory role through June to effectuate a smooth transition.
The Public Disclosure Commission was created and empowered by voter-approved Initiative 276 to provide timely and meaningful public access to accurate information about the financing of political campaigns, lobbyist expenditures, and the financial affairs of public officials and candidates and to ensure compliance with and equitable enforcement of Washington's disclosure and campaign finance laws.