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.

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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

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Attorney General’s Office responds to request for opinion from interim county prosecutor on Grays Harbor Prosecutor appointment

OLYMPIA — The Attorney General’s Office today released an informal opinion that addresses the most time-sensitive part of a four-part request made by Interim Grays

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Grays Harbor Democrats reply to request for new list of prosecutor candidates

MONTESANO, Wash. - Grays Harbor's Democratic Party has responded to the request to present 3 new nominees for the Prosecutor position to the County Commissioners this week. One of the three from the first list, Grays Harbor Democratic Chair George Smylie, wrote in the letter that the demands are unreasonable, and that asking for a placeholder to fill the position for one year is begging for mediocrity. The state attorney says that the request does not follow the guidelines set out by the state constitution.

The Grays Harbor Democrats received a letter from the Commissioners earlier this month “demanding” another list of three candidates to fill the position of county prosecutor by December 18th. According to Smylie, if that is necessary, it could only happen in January, after giving proper notice to the Precinct Committee Officers.

Commissioner Frank Gordon said at this week's regular meeting "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." Gordon went on to say that they hoped the list would not include those interested in running for the position a year from now, when former Prosecutor Stew Menefee's term expires.

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

MONTESANO, Wash. - Grays Harbor County still doesn't have a prosecutor, commissioners yesterday asked appointee Vini Samuel to take the oath of office, she replied at the podium "While I appreciate the question, I am going to defer that question until Wednesday, I'll answer you on Wednesday."
Superior Court Judge Gordon Godfrey said he's worried that he hasn't had a prosecutor since the commissioners appointed Samuel a month ago. "You have an interim prosecuting attorney, is he even authorized to be doing what he's doing? 'Until appointment is made' you made the appointment, so who's running that operation?" Godfrey said the standoff could start costing the county, in court.