Washington Governor thanks ESD employees for helping Oso landslide victims

Ann Hartman is the Internal Communications Manager for Employment Security Department.

Gov. Jay Inslee and First Lady Trudi Inslee honored Employment Security Department employees along with employees of other state agencies for helping victims of the State Route 530 landslide. The slide killed 43 people in April 2014, and emotionally and economically devasted communities of Oso, Darrington and Arlington, Washington.

Photo of landslide in Oso, Washington

Aerial photo of landslide across State Route 530 in Oso, Washington

Immediately following the slide, ESD employees John Landin, Kathie Harrison, Theresa Myklebust, were stationed in Oso, Darrington and Arlington to help community memebers apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance. In Olympia, Joy Adams and Gene Walker helped reactivate the dormant DUA program.

Front row, L-R Gene Walker, Gov. Jay Inslee, First Lady Trudi Inslee, Employment Security Commissioner Dale Peinecke and Theresa Myklebust. Back row ESD employees John Landin, Kathie Harrison and Joy Adams.

ESD employees Gene Walker, John Landin, Kathie Harrison, Joy Adams and Theresa Myklebust with Gov. and First Lady Inslee and ESD Commissioner Dale Peinecke.

Then in September, all were invited to attend a reception at the Executive Mansion. “Employment Security staff went out of their way to help ASAP,” said Gov. Inslee. “Everyone saw [you] motivated by the mission to help fellow Washingtonians,” he said. “I have such respect for all state employees. Thank you from us [the Governor and First Lady] and from the state.”

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