Jan. 9, 2017: Kathleen Drew has been appointed as the Chairman of the Washington State Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council, Gov. Jay Inslee announced on Dec. 20, 2017. The Council reviews siting proposals for major energy facilities. Drew is currently the Assistant Director of the Washington State Department of Licensing’s (DOL) Business and Professions Division. In that post, she oversees 280 employees, forty-four programs and ten boards and commissions. She was previously a State Senator. Before she started her DOL post, Drew was a Policy Adviser for the Washington State Department of Enterprise Services and for former Gov. Chris Gregoire’s administration, where she worked on environmental issues. Drew was a State Senator for the Fifth Legislative District from 1993 to 1997. As the Council Chairman, Drew succeeds Roselyn Marcus, who started working as the serving as the Council Acting Chairman in September, 2017, after the resignation of Bill Lynch. Marcus is scheduled to return to the Office of Financial Management once Drew takes office. The Council reviews projects through a quasi-judicial process that includes studies and public hearings, culminating in making a recommendation on the project to the Governor, who then has sixty days to approve or reject an application or return it to the Council for reconsideration.