Gov. Jay Inslee today named Mark Quimby acting director of WaTech. Quimby takes over from James Weaver who served as director since 2018. Weaver announced last month that he is leaving WaTech to lead North Carolina’s Department of Information Technology.
Quimby is currently the deputy director for technology and operations at WaTech and has been with the agency since 2014. As deputy, he helped lead the agency, developing technology solutions and services for state agencies and local governments. Before he was deputy director, he served as assistant director for network services, enterprise data network manager and disaster recovery architect for the agency.
Prior to his work at WaTech, Quimby worked at Washington State Department of Corrections for 15 years, where he managed the agency’s technology and infrastructure.
“Mark has dedicated over 20 years of his career to serving the people of Washington state and I know he will utilize his experience to continue developing the level of service WaTech brings to state government,” Inslee said. “I look forward to collaborating with Mark, and I thank Jim for his service the past two years through some of our state’s most challenging and complex times.”
Quimby earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science and business management from The Evergreen State College.
The appointment is effective March 11. A search for a permanent director is underway.
Inslee has also made recent appointments and reappointments to small cabinet agencies including:
- Shelly Baldwin, Traffic Safety Commission
- Kathleen Drew, reappointed to Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council
- Karen Johnson, Office of Equity
- Lorraine Lee, reappointed to Office of Administrative Hearings
- Carol Lien, reappointed to Board of Tax Appeals
- David Postman, Liquor and Cannabis Board