March 14, 2012
NEW — 4 p.m. March 14, 2012
Sheriff Sue Rahr plans to step down as the top law enforcement officer in King County on March 31 to join the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission.
The outgoing sheriff designated the No. 2 official at the King County Sheriff’s Office, Chief Deputy Steve Strachan, to serve as interim sheriff after she resigns.
“I made the decision to leave the sheriff’s office before the end of my term for a number of reasons,” she said in a statement released Wednesday afternoon. “First, and foremost, I have complete confidence in Chief Deputy Steve Strachan and the rest of the command staff to effectively lead the sheriff’s office and continue to protect and serve the citizens of King County. I would not and could not leave this post without that confidence.”
Rahr had been expected to resign since accepting the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission post in late February. The organization trains all law enforcement officers in Washington, except for Washington State Patrol troopers.
March 14, 2012
NEW — 2 p.m. March 14, 2012
Newcastle residents interested in ethics and law can apply for a seat on the King County Board of Ethics, a watchdog group.
The position, for a three-year term on the five-member citizen advisory board, is open to all King County residents.
The board provides guidance on allowable actions and interests defined by the King County Code of Ethics. The board also supports the county policy for the private conduct and financial dealings of public officials and employees to present no actual or apparent conflict of interest between the public trust and private interests.
In addition, the board oversees the administration of transparency programs requiring financial disclosure by elected officials, designated employees, and board and commission members, as well as disclosure by consultants doing business with the county.
The board is also responsible for interpreting the ethics code through advisory opinions and hearing appeals.