Commissioner Quick accused of lying during confirmation hearing

A member of the Dunleavy administration is accused of lying to the state legislature during a recent confirmation hearing.

Gov. Mike Dunleavy appointed John Quick as the state’s new commissioner of the Department of Administration in late November.

Quick claims on his resume he was an owner and investor in a number of businesses in Washington State.

However, the owner of one of those businesses — Anthem Coffee & Tea — disputes that. Janie Reynolds of Puyallup (Pew-ALL-up) Washington sent a letter to several lawmakers this week, saying that he lied during his confirmation testimony to the Senate Finance committee.

In the letter she says that Quick was hired in 2011 to organize the family-owned business but that he was fired in 2012 and never had any percentage of ownership in the company.

Reynolds also says Quick lied about helping to recruit and secure investors for the company.

There are other factual errors on his resume and other online biographies.

Quick claims that he attended Wayland Baptist University in Texas for two years and received an MBA; the school’s registrar says he attended for about nine months and did not graduate.

Quick did not return a request for comment. Gov. Dunleavy’s press secretary Matt Shuckerow says Quick is aware of the allegations and is working on a response.

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