Anne Haley, chairman of the board of directors for Brown & Haley candy company in Tacoma, has been appointed to the state Transportation Commission.
A native of Tacoma who now lives in Walla Walla, Haley has a long history of serving on private, public and nonprofit boards and commissions.
Her appointment by Gov. Chris Gregoire fills one of three Eastern Washington vacancies on the commission. Elmira Forner of Manson resigned in December, and commissioners Latisha Hill from Spokane and Carol Moser from Tri-Cities said they are leaving the commission in June.
Haley is a graduate of the University of Puget Sound and University of Washington. She worked as a librarian for many years, including 20 years as library director in Walla Walla and five years as the director of the Yakima Valley Regional Library.
Haley also served as chairwoman of the Washington State Library Commission, president of the Washington Library Association and president of the Northwest Library Association.
"Through my professional work in library management across the Northwest, my experience overseeing a Tacoma-based family business that ships its product worldwide, and the very different challenges and needs my husband and I have in shipping wheat to market from the family ranch, I know firsthand the importance and diversity of Washington's transportation system," Haley said in a statement.