Kasich Picks Minority Business Chief For Commerce Director

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Ohio’s governor has named a new commerce director as the state agency’s current leader is set to return to a regulatory board.

Gov. John Kasich said Monday he has picked Jacqueline Williams to lead the Ohio Department of Commerce. She will replace Andre Porter, who was appointed to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio in February. Porter previously served as a commissioner on the board before he became commerce director.

Williams, a Columbus resident, currently is chief of the Minority Business Development Division in the Ohio Development Services Agency. The administration said her efforts have contributed to agencies’ improved compliance with Ohio’s minority purchasing requirements for state government. She previously was executive director of the Ohio Liquor Control Commission.

Williams will start her new job on Saturday.