WA Licensing Department director retiring June 30

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Washington Licensing Department Director Liz Luce says she'll retire from state government on June 30.

Luce has served with Gov. Chris Gregoire's administration since March 2005. She told her staff Tuesday she wants to spend more time with her family and at home in Vancouver, Wash.

Gregoire praised Luce for her work in helping establish the state's enhanced driver's license program, as well as tackling costs and streamlining agency functions.

The governor says she'll begin looking for Luce's successor immediately.