Biography: Bill Hanson Director
Washington State Lottery
Bill Hanson has 31 years of law enforcement
experience; serving as president and vice president of the Washington State
troopers association; detective with the narcotics division and a trooper
assigned to Seattle, Everett and Olympia.
Hanson is also a U.S. Coastguard
combat veteran having served in Vietnam.
Hanson served as executive
director of the Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs.
He was appointed
to the Lottery Commission on June 6, 2005 and named Lottery Director by the
Governor five years later.
Gov. Gregoire appoints
Bill Hanson to head up Washington State Lottery
Gov. Chris Gregoire today announced the appointment of Bill Hanson as
the new director of the Washington State Lottery.
The state Lottery
is undergoing a period of change with a new mission, said Gregoire.
Bill is the right director at the right to time to usher in this new
phase of the states lottery, especially as it helps fund critical
programs like education.
Hanson has more than three decades of
experience in public service and law enforcement. He is a former State Patrol
Officer serving for 27 years and was the president and vice president of the
Washington State troopers association for six of those years.
the department in 2000 to become the executive director of the Washington
Council of Police and Sheriffs where he served until 2006.
since 2007, Hanson has been the executive director of the Washington state
Fraternal order of Police. Hanson has also been a member of the Washington
State Lottery Commission the last five years.
I am honored and
excited about this new opportunity to serve, Hanson said. I
look forward to getting to work right away, helping ensure that the Lottery
does its part to support the recently created Washington Opportunity Pathways
Account, which will go a long way to fund important college and early learning
programs for those who need it the most. Hanson will replace outgoing
director Christopher Liu.
I want to thank Chris for his hard work and
his many accomplishments during his tenure, said Gregoire. He has
been a great leader and an outstanding steward of the state Lottery these last
Most recently, Washingtons Lottery returned $120
million in Fiscal Year 2009.
Hansons appointment is effective May 16.
He will earn an annual salary of $115,000.