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600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

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June 16, 2005
Contact: Margaret Ainscough, (360) 902-2408

WDFW names new Business Services director

OLYMPIA - Ronald J. McQueen has been named assistant director for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlifeís (WDFW) Business Services Program.

McQueen begins work with WDFW Monday (June 20), assuming the duties of Jim Lux, who is retiring as the departmentís Business Services director.

As assistant director for WDFWís Business Services Program, McQueen will oversee the programís annual operating budget of more than $27.6 million, and will direct the departmentís recreational licensing, information technology, engineering and financial services, as well as administering the agencyís $22 million annual capital budget.

ďRonís extensive experience in managing financial services and information technology will allow us to continue our progress in strengthening our business practices and in using new technology to better serve the citizens of this state,Ē said WDFW Director Jeff Koenings.

ďAlthough Ronís technical skills are outstanding, Iím also pleased with his ability to work with people involved in all aspects of this diverse agency,Ē Koenings added.

An Olympia resident, McQueen has served 19 years with the Washington Department of General Administration, and for the past seven years has been the departmentís Assistant Director of Administrative Services. He also has headed the management and budget division of the state Department of Corrections and worked on criminal justice policy issues for the state Office of Financial Management. Earlier in his career, he worked as an administrator with the Kentucky Department of Justice and as a criminal justice specialist with the U.S. Department of Justice.

McQueen holds a law degree from the Woodrow Wilson College of Law in Atlanta, Ga., as well as a masters of science degree in police administration from Michigan State University, and a bachelorís degree from Wayne State University in Detroit.