Issaquah representatives tapped for King County Council committee posts
February 28, 2012
By Warren Kagarise
The local representatives on the King County Council act as leaders on regional justice and transit issues, after the board reshuffled members’ assignments for 2012.
Following the annual reorganization, the Issaquah representative, Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, serves as chairwoman for the Law, Justice, Health and Human Services Committee. Members recommend policies related to criminal justice and emergency management, plus human services and housing programs. Issaquah-area Councilman Reagan Dunn also serves on the committee.
The council announced the changes to committee assignments Jan. 30. In addition to committee assignments, all nine council members serve on the Committee-of-the-Whole.
“King County has achieved a lot over the last several years, but it’s critical that the council maintain its focus on maximizing taxpayer dollars and improving service delivery,” council Vice Chairwoman Jane Hague said.
Lambert serves on the Budget and Fiscal Management Committee — the group responsible for outlining policies related to the 2013 county spending plan.
In the recent reshuffle, the council created the Government Accountability, Oversight and Financial Performance. Councilman Bob Ferguson leads the committee. The post is responsible for recommending steps to improve efficiency, effectiveness and performance in county government. Lambert serves on the committee, too.
The longtime councilwoman also serves on the Transportation, Economy and Environment Committee. The panel handles a broad portfolio, including development, roads and salmon recovery issues.
Members also appointed leaders to regional committees. The boards offer a forum for development and review of countywide plans and policies. The committees include elected officials from other local governments, in addition to council members.
Lambert is a representative to the Regional Policy Committee. The board reviews and recommends policies related to criminal justice, environmental, public health, housing and waste issues.
Dunn is due to continue 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 gets a say in establishing the structure for transit fares, purchasing buses, and building bus shelters and transit lots.
Dunn serves on the Regional Water Quality Committee. The panel handles water quality and sewer service issues, rate policies and long-term facilities plans.
In unanimous decisions, the council also chose Larry Gossett to continue as chairman and Hague to remain vice chairwoman. The chairman and vice chairwoman set the agendas for council and Committee-of-the-Whole meetings, and coordinate legislation schedules.
“King County, along with the state and federal governments, continue to face fiscal challenges,” Gossett said. “We will meet those challenges, and the responsibilities of providing mandated services while supporting those in our community in crisis, in a bipartisan and transparent manner.”
Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.