State Regulator Quits
OLYMPIA, Wash. - (02/03/05) -- Helen Howell, the chief credit unionand bank regulator, resigned as director of the Department ofFinancial Institutions to give new Democrat Gov. Christine Gregoirea clean slate for her own cabinet. Howell said she decided to leavebecause "the new governor should have her choice to lead thisagency." Howell was promoted to head the DFI upon the 2002retirement of long-time director John Bley. Her resignation takeseffect Feb. 25.