Governor Wilson has filled two vacancies at DIR, appointing a new Chief Deputy Director and a new Chief of the Division of Apprenticeship Standards (DAS).
John Duncan of Sausalito has been appointed Chief Deputy Director. He succeeds Robert W. Stranberg, who retired. Duncan had served as Deputy Director for Communications since 1991.
Prior to coming to DIR, he served for the better part of eight years at the Department of Defense in a number of capacities. This tenure included stints as a Special Assistant to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for East Asian Affairs, Speechwriter to the Secretary of Defense, and finally Special Assistant to Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger. Upon leaving the Pentagon in November of 1987, Duncan received the Defense DepartmentŐs Distinguished Service medal. He continued working for Weinberger at the law firm of Rogers & Wells while assisting in the writing of Weinberger's book, Fighting For Peace. During 1988 and 1989, he also served as his staff representative to the National Economic Commission.
Duncan also worked as a research assistant on President Ronald Reagan's Budget Transition Team in 1980. He received a bachelor's degree in history from the University of California at Berkeley in 1979 and a master's degree in public administration from Harvard University in 1983.
As Deputy Director for Communications, Duncan managed public affairs aspects of major initiatives, including workers' compensation reform and the Targeted Industries Partnership Program (TIPP). He also oversaw the launch of DIR Bulletin. His priorities as Chief Deputy Director will be making DIR more responsive and accessible to the public and aggressively pushing the Administration's initiatives involving DIR, including daily overtime reform, prevailing wage reform, and regulatory reform.
The Governor also appointed Rulon Kay Cottrell as Chief of DAS. Cottrell succeeds Gail Jesswein, who left to become the Executive Officer of the Contractors' State License Board.
Cottrell is the former state director for Utah of the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training. He served in this capacity from 1987 until his retirement in 1993. Cottrell also is a veteran of DAS, having worked as a consultant and later as a senior consultant in the Division between 1965 and 1985.
He completed a formal registered apprenticeship in California in plastering. Later, Cottrell worked as a foreman, superintendent, contractor, and instructor in plastering. He earned a bachelor's degree in industrial arts in 1982 and a master's degree in business administration in 1983. Both degrees were from the University of Central California.
DAS has been active recently with some controversial initiatives, including the approval of parallel apprenticeship programs. The Division has also relieved apprenticeship program sponsors of certain affirmative action requirements as a result of Governor Wilson's executive order, which eliminated all affirmative action requirements not mandated by federal or state law.
Neither appointment requires conformation by the state Senate.