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The Commissioner oversees the Department of Natural Resources, which is responsible for environmental protection in the state.
  
 
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The Commissioner of Public Lands manages the Department of Natural Resources and serves as chair of the state Board of Natural Resources, which sets policy for state trust lands. Additionally the department manages aquatic lands, monitors cleanup and restoration efforts from mining operations, and is the largest fire department in the state.<ref>[http://www.dnr.wa.gov/AboutDNR/Pages/commissioner.aspx ''Washington Department of Natural Resources,'' " About,"  accessed December 28, 2012] </ref>
  
 
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Revision as of 17:55, 28 December 2012

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The Washington Commissioner of Public Lands is an elected state executive position in the Washington state government.

The Commissioner oversees the Department of Natural Resources, which is responsible for environmental protection in the state.

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Peter Goldmark (D). He has served in this position since 2009.

Authority

Article 3 of the state constitution establishes the state's executive offices.

Article III, Section 2:

Executive Department. The executive department shall consist of a governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, treasurer, auditor, attorney general, superintendent of public instruction, and a commissioner of public lands, who shall be severally chosen by the qualified electors of the state at the same time and place of voting as for the members of the legislature.

Qualifications

Article 3, Section 25 of the state constitution establishes the qualifications of the office:

Qualifications, Compensation, Offices Which May Be Abolished. No person, except a citizen of the United States and a qualified elector of this state, shall be eligible to hold any state office...
  • a citizen of the United States
  • a qualified elector in Washington

Elections

In Washington, the governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, treasurer, auditor, attorney general, superintendent of public instruction, and commissioner of public lands are elected every four years. Elections are held in November and winners assume office the following January, serving until their successors are elected and qualified.

Washington elects their state executives in presidential years (2012, 2016, and 2020).

2012

See also: Washington down ballot state executive elections, 2012

Incumbent Peter Goldmark won re-election on November 6, 2012.

  • 2012 General Election Results for Washington Commissioner of Public Lands
Washington Commissioner of Public Lands General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPeter Goldmark Incumbent 58.7% 1,692,083
     Republican Clint Didier 41.3% 1,188,411
Total Votes 2,880,494
Election Results via Washington Secretary of State.


Duties

The Commissioner of Public Lands manages the Department of Natural Resources and serves as chair of the state Board of Natural Resources, which sets policy for state trust lands. Additionally the department manages aquatic lands, monitors cleanup and restoration efforts from mining operations, and is the largest fire department in the state.[1]

Compensation

Article III, Section 23 of the state constitution initially set the annual salary of the commissioner at $2,000 but allowed for the state legislature to increase it. In 2010, the commissioner was paid an estimated $121,618, according to the Council of State Governments.[2]

Contact information

Washington Department of Natural Resources
PO Box 47000
1111 Washington Street SE
Olympia, WA 98504-7000
Phone: (360) 902-1000

See also

External links

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