King County redistricting panel taps retired judge as leader
February 9, 2011
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 8 a.m. Feb. 9, 2011
The citizen panel responsible for redrawing King County’s electoral map selected a retired Superior Court judge as chairman Monday.
Former King County Superior Court Judge Terrence Carroll is a respected arbitrator and Distinguished Jurist in Residence at the Seattle University School of Law.
The retired judge leads a four-member panel appointed by King County Council members. Under the county charter, the appointed Districting Committee members had to select a fifth person to serve as a chairperson.
Carroll specializes in alternative dispute resolution, and has heard more than 3,000 mediations and 1,000 arbitrations during the past 20 years. The chairman has also served as a deputy prosecutor, a public defender and a private-practice attorney.
The council appointed the initial members last month to the King County Districting Committee, the group responsible for redrawing council districts based on 2010 Census data. The county is carved into nine districts, each represented by a single council member.
The county charter grants the authority for adopting a final districting map to the citizen Districting Committee, not the County Council.
Councilman Reagan Dunn represents District 9 on the nine-member council. The district encompasses the rural area near Issaquah, plus Newcastle, Maple Valley and areas inside Bellevue and Renton.
Issaquah proper is inside District 3. Councilwoman Kathy Lambert represents the area. The northeastern King County district is the largest in the county.
Both districts could be shifted as the citizen committee starts to sift through population data.