OLYMPIA — Secretary of State Ralph Munro recently announced the appointment of Phil Coombs as State Archivist to head the Washington State Archives and Records Management Division.
Coombs brings to the State Archives an extensive background working in state government with public records management, information technology and historical preservation.
Most recently, Coombs worked with the Washington State Library as project director for the state's Digital Imaging Initiative, to assemble a central electronic collection of the state's historical documents, photographs and other significant items.
Coombs also managed the development of the government information locator service (GILS) which coordinates online access to state and local government information. He also managed the Department of Labor and Industries groundbreaking digital imaging system.
The Archives and Records Management Division has the responsibility of collecting, preserving, and making available for research the historic records of the state. The Archives Division is also responsible for coordinating implementation of the records management statutes of the state, including records retention scheduling, operation of the state records centers and centralized microfilm services.
The archival collections date from the establishment of Washington Territory in 1853 to the present; among them are papers from governors and legislators, documents from all levels of the court system, records of the state Legislature, state agencies, county governments, and city and town halls. These historical records are maintained at the Archives Building in Olympia and at five regional branch facilities across the state.
Coombs begins his new duties November 1, 1999. His salary is $65,316 per year.