King County redistricting panel taps retired judge as leader
February 15, 2011
The citizen panel responsible for redrawing King County’s electoral map selected a retired Superior Court judge as chairman Feb. 7.
Former King County Superior Court Judge Terrence Carroll is a respected arbitrator and a 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 in the past 20 years. He 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 charter grants the authority for adopting a final districting map to the citizen Districting Committee, not the County Council.
The county is carved into nine districts, each represented by a single council member. Districts 3 and 9 — the Issaquah-area districts — could be shifted as the citizen committee starts to sift through population data.