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State AG says Grays Harbor Commissioners need a new list for County Prosecutor

A new list of three, but they can’t pick their own, that’s the answer for Grays Harbor County Commissioners from the state Attorney General’s office in the ongoing debate to fill the vacant County Prosecutor position.
A letter from the AG’s office yesterday said that if the commissioners chose one of the three names provided by the Democratic party – which they did when they chose Vini Samuel, and that person declines – which she did in November, then the position is again vacated and the commissioners go back to the Democratic party for a new list of three candidates.
The opinion also noted that the county commissioners can not choose someone on their own, or make up another list, an option explored by commissioner Frank Gordon last month, when the commissioners demanded a second list under the threat of making their own.

Commissioner asks for another list to appoint Grays Harbor County Prosecutor

MONTESANO, Wash. – Grays Harbor County Commission Chair Frank Gordon has given the Democratic party a deadline of Dec. 18th “What we would like to have from the Democratic party is a list of three names, of good democrats that would like to take the office for the one year left.
The county has yet to appoint a Prosecutor, after Stew Menefee retired in September. Gordon said yesterday that if they don’t have a list of candidates on the 18th, “we’re going to go for a list of democrats that would be interested in filling this seat without the use of the democratic party if it comes down to that.
The commissioners appointed Vini Samuel from their first list of three supplied by the Democrats, although everyone on that list was asking them to appoint Deputy Prosecutor Katy Svoboda. Samuel later declined the appointment, and spliced opinion on where we go from here, either the Commissioners choose from the remaining two, or they ask for another list.

Vini Samuel declines prosecutor appointment

MONTESANO, Wash. – Grays Harbor County faces a difficult situation with what could become a precedent-setting decision, just to find a County Prosecutor. The commissioners today heard their answer from appointee Vini Samuel, not only did she decline she urged them to pick Deputy Prosecutor Katie Svoboda.
The commissioners received a letter from Samuel just before 5 Wednesday evening. On Monday they had asked her to take the oath of office since she had been – either chosen for appointment, or appointed in October, she said she would provide her answer on Wednesday.
One theory on the matter holds that the county commissioners would ask the Democrats for another list of three willing candidates, after their appointed candidate reconsidered and re-created the vacancy. Others are waiting for a 60-day clock to run up on November 29th, sending the matter to the Washington Governor’s desk for a decision regardless.

Grays Harbor’s reluctant Prosecutor-appointee worries Superior Court Judge

 “What do you do over there if we have a major felony case -even a minor felony case, but what about a horrible tragedy situation, and the person is convicted, and goes up and raises the issue that constitutionally that prosecuting attorney is not authorized by law to prosecute me?
At the special meeting yesterday Samuel asked the commissioners why they chose her over Deputy Prosecutor Katie Svoboda, both were on a list of three provided by the democratic party after former prosecutor Stew Menefee retired in September.
Two commissioners replied that they felt she would do a good job, commissioner Wes Cormier said “I thought that the process that was conducted at the PCO meeting was just a slap in the face. If you put yourself on the list, then you’re subject to being picked.