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King County Council Bids Bob Ferguson Farewell After 9 Years

Members of the Metropolitan King County Council on Monday recognized Councilmember Bob Ferguson for his work and wished him well as he becomes Washington’s Attorney General Jan. 16.

The members of the Metropolitan King County Council on Monday recognized Councilmember Bob Ferguson for his work as a member of the County Council and wished him well as he prepares to take the oath of office as Washington’s Attorney General Jan. 16.

“It has been an honor to work with Bob Ferguson for the last nine years,” said Council Chair Larry Gossett in a news release. “All of the people of the state of Washington will now benefit from the energy and intelligence we have seen during his time on the Council.” 

Ferguson, who joined the Council in 2004, will be sworn in as Attorney General Wednesday.

King County Executive Down Constantine is expected to announce Tuesday his choice of three finalists to fill Ferguson's District 1 seat. Three Shoreline community members were among the five being considered.

During his time on the Council, Ferguson served as Council Chair in 2010 and as chair of the Council’s 2007 Budget Committee, crafted King County’s 2008 Budget. He was also the prime sponsor of the legislation that became the Veterans and Human Services Levy adopted by voters in 2005 and renewed in 2011.

“It was a pleasure to serve with Bob on the budget committee, even as the Council negotiated some difficult decisions during the economic recession,” said Councilmember Kathy Lambert. “We will miss his input on local budget and criminal justice issues as he transitions to a statewide role.”

As chair of the Council’s Law, Justice and Human Services Committee in 2006, Ferguson worked on legislation to implement independent oversight of the King County Sheriff’s Office, the news release said. Those reforms led to the creation of Office of Law Enforcement Oversight, an independent agency responsible for monitoring investigations of misconduct, helping to resolve cases, increasing public trust and transparency, and identifying systemic issues and reforms within the Sheriff’s Office.

A note on Ferguson's page on the county website said it's been an honor for him to serve on the council.

"It has been an honor to serve the residents of District 1 as their Council representative for the past nine years," he wrote. "Although I am changing jobs, my family and I are planning to continue living in District 1, and I hope to see you out in the community! Thanks again for the opportunity to serve as your King County Councilmember."

 

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