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Oregon gov. names new employment agency director

SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber has appointed a southwest Washington economic development official to lead the Oregon Employment Department.

Kitzhaber's office said Monday that the governor is asking the Senate to confirm Lisa Nisenfeld next month. Nisenfeld would lead the agency that distributes unemployment checks and works to connect job seekers with employers.

Nisenfeld is currently the president of the Columbia River Economic Development Council in Vancouver, which promotes job growth in Clark County, Wash.

Kitzhaber's office says Nisenfeld has more than 25 years of experience in workforce and economic development. She has worked previously for the Portland Development Commission and the Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council.

Nisenfeld would replace Laurie Warner, who retired in June.