Grays Harbor Democrats respond to AG opinion – no new ‘list of exhaustion’

The chair of the Grays Harbor Democrats, and list member himself, George Smylie has replied to the Attorney General’s opinion recently released in an ongoing dispute with the Grays Harbor County Commissioners to fill the county prosecutor seat.
The response assumes that the commissioners will formally ask for a new list from the Democratic party to fill the seat, and replies “It is impractical to provide a new list at this time based on our 10 day notice requirement to our PCOs. The 60 day window would expire before you could act on a new list.
The letter goes on to says that the commissioners “have a list that was created based on the Washington Constitution and the choice to act on it to appoint a Prosecutor.” Referring to the first list provided which featured Deputy Prosecutor Katie Svoboda -who wants the job, as well as Smylie and Vini Samuel – who both want Svoboda to have the job. Missing from the list was commissioner-supported Mike Spencer, who also wanted the job vacated by Stew Menefee last September.
Grays Harbor County Commissioners
100 West Broadway, Suite #1
Montesano, WA 98563

Response to 1.15.2014 Request from Commissioners

Gentlemen:

I have read the Daily World article (1/14/14) and it appears that you may ask for a new list. I have also reviewed your January 15, 2014, correspondence.  Please note that on December 10, 2013, I responded by letter to your prior request. In that letter, I affirmed that what had been sent to you previously was a list of exhaustion.

I now have reviewed the Attorney General’s opinion on the prosecutor’s specific questions. It is impractical to provide a new list at this time based on our 10 day notice requirement to our PCOs. The 60 day window would expire before you could act on a new list.

You have a list that was created based on the Washington Constitution and the choice to act on it to appoint a Prosecutor.

Thank you.

Very truly yours,

George H. Smylie
Attorney at Law
Chair, GHCDCC

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