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.
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.
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.”