Bucy Leaving Department of Labor

After almost five years on the job, Montana’s Commissioner of Labor and Industry, Pam Bucy, is moving into the private sector.

Governor Steve Bullock appointed Bucy to serve as Montana’s Labor Commissioner in 2013. Prior to that she’d served as the agency’s administrative counsel for three years.

Bucy describes leaving her post as “bittersweet.”

“I’ve learned so much about workforce development, unemployment, workers compensation. Truly, it’s a little awe-inspiring to play this sort of role in running the state of Montana,” she says.

Governor Bullock says Montana achieved success across all workforce segments during Bucy’s term. An interim Labor Commissioner will be named before her September 7 departure. – MTPR

“It has been an honor and privilege to serve the people of Montana as Commissioner and work with a diverse spectrum of stakeholders to grow and support our workforce,” Bucy said in a press release Tuesday.

The release said the agency oversaw economic growth and “navigated a changing economic landscape” during Bucy’s term.

It cited an increase of nearly 30 percent in Montana Registered Apprenticeships, the highest annual statewide real wage growth since 1990, the sixth-fastest wage growth in the nation and the launch of a workforce development component of Medicaid expansion. Bucy also helped implement Bullock’s Main Street Montana economic development project.

“Pam has been a star, and will be missed. She has been a driving force in how the state, the university system, and the private sector work together in getting Montanans and employers the skilled workforce they need,” Bullock said in a statement. – Helena IR

While there, she co-chaired the Main Street Montana Project, a Bullock initiative to identify ways state government could help business development in Montana.

The governor also complimented her work to help increase apprenticeships in the state and oversee a more streamlined workforce development training program. – KRTV

The governor’s spokeswoman, Ronja Abel, said an interim commissioner would be named before Bucy’s departure on Sept. 7. Abel said Bucy was taking “a new role in the private sector after almost 18 years as a state employee.”

The department has nearly 900 employees. – Great Falls Tribune

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