Council bids farewell to Bob Ferguson, incoming state attorney general

January 16, 2013

By Staff

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 16, 2013

King County Council colleagues bid farewell to outgoing Bob Ferguson on Monday, as the longtime councilman prepares to assume office as state attorney general.

Bob Ferguson

Bob Ferguson

Ferguson is scheduled to take the oath of office Wednesday in Olympia. In November, he defeated a council colleague, Issaquah-area representative Reagan Dunn, to succeed outgoing state Attorney General Rob McKenna.

“It has been an honor to work with Bob Ferguson for the last nine years,” council Chairman Larry Gossett said in a statement. “All of the people of the state of Washington will now benefit from the energy and intelligence we have seen during his time on the council.”

Ferguson served as council chairman in 2010, led the 2007 budget committee for the council to produce the 2008 budget, and served as the prime sponsor of legislation to create the Veterans and Human Services Levy. King County voters adopted the levy in 2005 and renewed the measure in 2011.

“It was a pleasure to serve with Bob on the budget committee, even as the council negotiated some difficult decisions during the economic recession,” Kathy Lambert, Issaquah’s representative on the council, said in a statement. “We will miss his input on local budget and criminal justice issues as he transitions to a statewide role.”

In 2006, as the Council Law, Justice and Human Services Committee chairman, Ferguson worked on legislation to implement independent oversight of the King County Sheriff’s Office.

The reforms lead to the creation of the Office of Law Enforcement Oversight — the independent agency responsible for monitoring misconduct investigations, helping to resolve cases, increasing public trust and transparency, and identifying systemic issues and reforms within the sheriff’s office.

“It was a pleasure to serve on the council with such a thoughtful public servant,” Dunn said in a statement. “I wish him all the best in his new position in Olympia and I have no doubts he will serve the citizens of our state well.”

The council is expected to appoint a successor to Ferguson soon. Then, he or she must serve until the general election in November.

Ferguson’s District 1 stretches from Shoreline to Woodinville, and from the Snohomish County line south to Seattle and Kirkland.

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