Heather Hirotaka Named Washington State Archivist

By Nisqually Valley News staff
Posted 7/5/22

Heather Hirotaka has been selected as the state’s new archivist.

Hirotaka, who previously worked at the Thurston County Auditor’s Office as the licensing and recording manager, began …

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Heather Hirotaka Named Washington State Archivist

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Heather Hirotaka has been selected as the state’s new archivist.

Hirotaka, who previously worked at the Thurston County Auditor’s Office as the licensing and recording manager, began in her new role as the Washington state archivist on July 5, stated a news release.

“Heather’s unique experience and expertise make her the ideal leader to enhance Washington State Archives’ culture of service and further our commitment to preserve and share Washington’s history,” Secretary of State Steve Hobbs said.

Hirotaka will oversee Washington State Archives, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State (OSOS), which collects and preserves the state’s historical records and makes them available to the public, stated the release.

She is the first woman to serve in the role. Hirotaka joined the OSOS in 2017, and in 2018 was named director of community programs, overseeing Legacy Washington, the Combined Fund Drive, and the Address Confidentiality Program.



“Every day has a story and becomes part of our legacy; how we preserve it matters,” Hirotaka stated in the release. “Washington State Archives works to ensure that our unique and diverse history is captured and accessible for generations to come. I look forward to sharing my passion for our state’s archives and history with our amazing employees and the people we are privileged to serve every day.”

She replaces Steve Excell, who retired in December. Following Excell’s retirement, Terry Badger was named the State Archives’ acting director. Badger will resume his previous role as deputy director.

Hirotaka has a bachelor’s degree in law and justice from Central Washington University. She is a recent graduate of Leadership Thurston County, which is a Thurston County Chamber Foundation program that develops community leaders, stated the release.

OSOS oversees a number of areas within the state government, which includes managing state elections, registering corporations and charities and governing the use of the state flag and state seal. The office also manages the State Archives and the State Library.

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