Jerry Petrick, manager of business services for the Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council (SWWDC), has been chosen to join the 2006 class of Marano Fellows at the Sector Skills Academy.

Petrick was chosen for the fellowship based on his work on projects with health care, pulp and paper, metals and transportation industries over the last two years in southwest Washington.

Petrick has been a member of the SWWDC staff since December 2003, concentrating on economic development and workforce links for new and existing employers in the region. He works with the Columbia River Economic Development Council and the Cowlitz Economic Development Council to help recruit, retain and expand area businesses through workforce development strategies.

Rex Lyle Turley retired from Longview Fibre Co. on June 1 after 38 years of employment. He was a general maintenance supervisor 1 in the maintenance department. Ronald J. Colbert, P.E., district engineer/manager of Consolidated Diking Improvement District No. 1 board of supervisors, will retire June 30 after 20 years of service.

A Grange agent in Cowlitz County, she is the first woman president in the council's 35-year history. She started her insurance business in June 1993 in the Grange Hall in Woodland. She took over the Grange agency in the Longview/Kelso area in June 1999. In September 1999, the agency opted to become independent and Mosby Insurance was formed with the ability to sell with a variety of companies, including Grange Insurance and Rocky Mountain insurance, part of the Grange Insurance Group.

There are 131 Grange Insurance Group agents in Washington. The Grange Insurance Group is a mid-sized Regional Mutual Carrier and sells in six western states.

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