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Kulongoski names two state officials

SALEM - Gov.-elect Ted Kulongoski on Thursday named two veteran state officials to major department head positions in his incoming administration.

Gary Weeks will be director of the Department of Administrative Services, among the high-level posts he previously has held.

Kulongoski appointed Jean Thorne, director of the state's Medicaid program and a former adviser to outgoing Gov. John Kitzhaber, to head the Human Services Department. The agency is the state's largest, taking in a number of health and social aid programs.

Weeks also is a former director of Human Services Department and a past head of the Oregon Lottery. Most recently he has been director of human services reform for the Casey Strategic Consulting Group, part of a private Maryland foundation.

Both appointments require Senate approval.

Kulongoski named Thorne acting Human Services director as of Jan. 1, pending Senate action on her permanent appointment, to replace Bobbie Mink, who is retiring on Dec. 31.

Kulongoski takes office on Jan. 13.
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