Raimondo picks director of labor and training

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Gov.-elect Gina Raimondo plans to nominate a labor official in Maryland to be the state’s director of labor and training.

Raimondo announced Tuesday she’ll ask the Senate to confirm Scott Jensen. Jensen is the deputy secretary of the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.

She says Jensen developed a program in Maryland that has become a national model for providing people with the skills they need to compete in today’s economy.

Raimondo, a Democrat, also said she’s nominating a member of her transition staff to be the human services director. Melba Depena led a crime victims’ compensation unit in the treasurer’s office before joining Raimondo’s gubernatorial campaign.

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