Former spokesman John Urquhart enters race for King County sheriff

May 1, 2012

By Staff

John Urquhart

John Urquhart, a familiar presence briefing journalists at crime scenes as the longtime former spokesman for the King County Sheriff’s Office, is running for the top job at the law enforcement agency.

Urquhart, 64, entered the race for the nonpartisan office April 24. The retired sergeant and Mercer Island resident outlined accountability and leadership as campaign themes.

Before serving as spokesman for the agency, Urquhart’s career included stints as a patrol officer, field training officer, a vice and narcotics detective and, in his most familiar role, as spokesman for sheriffs Dave Reichert and Sue Rahr.

Speculation about the race for sheriff started after Rahr resigned March 31 to accept the top job at the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission.

The incumbent sheriff, appointee Steve Strachan, is expected to run for a full term. Candidates can enter the race until the May 18 filing deadline.

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