The Governor is the chief executive officer of the state, responsible for overall administration of the affairs of the state of Washington. The duties and powers of the Governor are outlined in the Washington Constitution and RCW 10.34, 10.88, and 43.06.
Within the Office of the Governor, the Office of the Family and Children's Ombudsman, pursuant to RCW 43.06A.010, protects families from harmful agency action or inaction and makes agency officials and state policy makers aware of issues in the child protection and welfare system. The Education Ombudsman, pursuant to RCW 43.06B, advocates on behalf of elementary and secondary students and provides information and investigative services to parents, students, and others regarding their rights and responsibilities in the state's public elementary and secondary education system. The Office of Corrections Ombuds, pursuant to RCW 43.06C.020, provides information to inmates and their families; promoting public awareness and understanding of the rights and responsibilities of inmates; identifying system issues and responses for the Governor and Legislature to act upon; and ensuring compliance with relevant statutes, rules, and policies pertaining to corrections facilities, services, and treatment of inmates under the jurisdiction of the department. Pursuant to RCW 43.119.010, the Washington State Women's Commission is established in the Office of the Governor and as outlined in RCW 43.119.005, the commission shall address issues relevant to the problems and needs of women, such as domestic violence, child care, child support, sexual discrimination, sexual harassment, equal compensation and job pathways opportunities in employment, and the specific needs of women of color.
Effectively support and assist the Governor in achieving priorities and managing the executive functions of state government.