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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 18, 2013
Ferguson selects PDC lawyer with journalism background as new Open Government Assistant Attorney General

OLYMPIAAttorney General Bob Ferguson today announced he has selected Olympia attorney Nancy Krier to serve full time as the office’s Open Government Assistant Attorney General.

Prior to pursuing her law degree at the University of Washington, Krier worked several years as a reporter. She most recently served as General Counsel to the Public Disclosure Commission and previously worked as the Division Chief for the Attorney General’s Licensing and Administrative Law Division.

“Nancy brings a wealth of experience and a passion for transparency in government,” Ferguson said. “With a background in journalism and the law, she understands the unique challenges the Open Government Assistant Attorney General faces in serving both government and the public.”

“As a journalism major and former reporter, my history of supporting open government pre-dates my law practice,” Krier said. “I have both a historical perspective on the need for open government and a practical understanding of the current challenge that open government efforts present.”

Former Attorney General Rob McKenna created the Open Government Ombuds position in 2005 to encourage greater access to government information, answer questions from the public, media and government staff and assist in resolving disputes.  The position was reduced to half time in July 2011 due to budget restrictions.

Ferguson has restored the position to full time to enhance the office’s ability to serve the public, media and government agencies on open government issues.

“Government is better served when the public is informed and able to engage in our democracy,” Ferguson said. “Government agencies better serve the people when they fully understand and follow open government laws.”

Krier will rejoin the Attorney General’s Office in her new role in early December.

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