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Governor Huntsman Announces New Executive Director for Workforce Services

News Release
January 21, 2005
Salt Lake City, Utah-Utah Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., today announced Tani Pack Downing as the new Workforce Services Executive Director.

"Governor Huntsman was elected on a platform to change and improve the way state government does business," said Downing. "I believe he is a man of vision and integrity and I'm honored to be asked to serve with him in this historic endeavor."

Downing has been with the Department of Workforce Services since January 2002. She was first appointed as General Counsel and Director of the Division of Adjudication (Legal/Appeals). Under her leadership, the Division of Adjudication (Legal/Appeals) was awarded the "Most Improved in the Region," from the Department of Labor for years 2002 and 2003. Recently, Downing was appointed by Governor Walker to Chair the Workforce Appeals Board.

Downing also practiced seven years as Associate General Counsel with the Utah Legislature where she drafted bills and provided legal counsel in many areas such as public utilities, information technology, weapons, judiciary, tax, business labor and economic development, energy and natural resources, and state and local government.

"Tani Pack Downing has already proven her ability and skills within the Department of Workforce Services," said Governor Huntsman. "Her leadership in such an important department will be heavily relied upon in my administration."

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