County Council representatives tapped for committee posts

January 18, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 4 p.m. Jan. 18, 2011

Kathy Lambert is the point person on the King County Council for policies related to elections, licensing and more, the council announced Tuesday.

The longtime councilwoman continues as chairwoman of the Government Accountability and Oversight Committee through 2011.

The committee considers policies related to numerous — and sometimes disparate — county services. In addition to elections and licensing, the panel handles animal control, telecommunications, purchasing and wastewater treatment issues. Members also oversee the county Assessor’s Office and Boeing Field.

Lambert represents Issaquah and northeastern King County on the council.

Councilman Reagan Dunn, the other Issaquah-area representative, also serves on the committee.

The council appointed Dunn and other members as leaders of regional committees Tuesday.

Dunn has been tapped as chairman for the Regional Transit Committee. The board recommends polices and plans related to bus service, commuter vanpools and van service for disabled riders. The committee also has a say in establishing the structure for transit fares, purchasing buses, and building bus shelters and transit lots.

Dunn represents rural King County near Issaquah, plus Maple Valley, Newcastle and other Eastside communities.

Lambert and Dunn serve on a handful of boards and committees each.

Both representatives hold seats on the Budget and Fiscal Management Committee — the group responsible for outlining policies related to the 2012 spending plan — and the Law, Justice, Health and Human Services Committee. Members recommend policies related to criminal justice and emergency management, plus human services and housing programs.

Lambert serves on the Regional Water Quality Committee. The panel handles water quality and sewer service issues, rate policies and long-term facilities plans.

Lambert, alongside council members Joe McDermott and Julia Patterson, also serves on the King County Board of Health.

The council completed the yearly reshuffle Tuesday.

The committee assignments complete a reorganization process launched Jan. 3, after members elected Councilman Larry Gossett as chairman and Councilwoman Jane Hague as vice chairwoman.

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