Barry Pack

Barry Pack

Gov. Kate Brown’s Office

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has filled two high-profile vacancies in state government.

On Friday, the Democrat announced appointments to head the Oregon Lottery and the Oregon Department of Agriculture.

Brown appointed Barry Pack to head the lottery. Pack has held several roles in state government, including working directly under Brown when she was secretary of state. He replaces Jack Roberts, who was fired in April over management issues.

Alexis Taylor

Alexis Taylor

Gov. Kate Brown’s Office

For the Oregon Department of Agriculture, Brown chose Alexis Taylor.

Taylor currently works in expanding international trade opportunities at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She replaces long-time Oregon agriculture chief Katy Coba, who left the agency this summer to serve as the head of the state Department of Administrative Services.

Taylor’s selection drew immediate praise from both the Oregon Farm Bureau and the Oregon Cattleman’s Association. The latter called it “exciting news for the cattle industry of Oregon” and expressed hope that Taylor’s experience working with international trade at the USDA would help Oregon cattle farmers develop new export markets.