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In Narrow Vote, County Council Ousts Police Accountability Director

By Paul Faruq Kiefer (with reporting by Erica C. Barnett)

(This article was originally published on The C Is for Crank and has been reprinted under an agreement.) 


On Tuesday afternoon, the Metropolitan King County Council voted by a narrow margin against renewing Office of Law Enforcement Oversight Director Deborah Jacobs’ contract, which expired in June. (Jacobs was serving as de-facto head for the past two months). In her place, the Council appointed OLEO’s current Deputy Director, Adrienne Wat, to serve as interim director.

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King County Council Committee Recommends Replacing Law Enforcement Oversight Director

By Paul Kiefer

(This article originally appeared on The C Is for Crank and has been reprinted under an agreement.)


On Tuesday, a majority of the Metropolitan King County Council’s Employment and Administration Committee (which includes all nine council members) voted not to extend the contract of Office of Law Enforcement Oversight (OLEO) Director Deborah Jacobs, as well as to accept the findings of an independent investigation into allegations that Jacobs made a series of inappropriate or discriminatory comments to her staff over the course of her four years with the county.

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The Position of King County Sheriff Could Become an Appointed One. Here’s Why That Matters.

by Carolyn Bick


For 25 years, voters who live in King County’s 12 unincorporated areas that do not have their own police departments have seen their already-small power over who enforces the laws in their communities dwindle. Since the position of King County sheriff became an elected one in 1996, more and more people have moved to cities that have their own police departments. Today, just 11% of voters live in unincorporated King County.

But why do these numbers matter?

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King County Council Passes $86 Million in Emergency Funding, Looks to Future Legislation To Make Juneteenth a Holiday For County Employees

by Carolyn Bick


Following a unanimous vote at a meeting on June 23, King County Council has approved a third round of emergency funding to the tune of $86 million. Council Chair Claudia Balducci also said that legislation to make Juneteenth a holiday for King County employees will be introduced at a future meeting.

The emergency funding money, which will come from the county’s general fund, will provide support for several programs throughout the county meant to combat both the novel coronavirus and racism, which the council formally recognized as a public health crisis on June 18.

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Girmay Zahilay Sworn in as Newest County Councilmember at Franklin High School

by Chetanya Robinson

Girmay Zahilay, the King County Council’s newest member, chose to be sworn into office on Sunday evening at Franklin High School, a place close to his heart. It was a place where Zahilay, born in Sudan to Ethiopian refugees and raised in the South End, found himself and found community. Continue reading Girmay Zahilay Sworn in as Newest County Councilmember at Franklin High School

Primary Election Ballots Due Tuesday

by Emerald Staff

King County Elections has already received more than 30,000 ballots, but there are still five more days to vote before the results are tallied on Aug. 6. The results will determine which candidates move forward into the general election, most notably in the packed races for Seattle City Council seats representing seven geographic districts around the city.

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County Council incumbent Gossett and challenger Zahilay face off in Skyway debate

by Jake Goldstein-Street

On stark display Thursday night at Dimmitt Middle School in Skyway was the generational, and in turn experiential, divide between a septuagenarian incumbent who has been in office nearly a quarter century and his insurgent challenger for the District 2 seat on the Metropolitan King County Council.

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County Council Selects Rebecca Saldaña For 37th District Senate Appointment

by Cliff Cawthon

After a contentious process that included an 11th-hour lawsuit by party activists, the King County Council appointed Puget Sound Sage director Rebecca Saldana to represent the 37th District, which includes South Seattle and parts of Renton, in the state senate. Continue reading County Council Selects Rebecca Saldaña For 37th District Senate Appointment

“New Youth Jail” Passes After Dozens of Cops Storm Protestors in King County Council Chambers

by Marcus Harrison Green

Yesterday’s King County Council meeting to approve the contract for the building of a new youth detention center turned into a marathon session of civil disobedience. What was intended to be a cut and dry public hearing ended up punctuated by police scuffles and full throated salvos against the county’s proposed plans as protesters refused to allow an end to public testimony until every last voice Continue reading “New Youth Jail” Passes After Dozens of Cops Storm Protestors in King County Council Chambers

“Youth Jail” Opposition to County: “Stop Ignoring Communities of Color”

by Marcus Harrison Green

Editor’s Note: This is the second article in our series examining the impact of King County’s proposed new youth detention center on the South Seattle community. The first one can be read here.

As Seattle’s streets continue to crackle with protests proclaiming “Black Lives Matter,” uproar has been rekindled surrounding King County’s plan to build a new youth detention center that critics say will further discount those same lives. Continue reading “Youth Jail” Opposition to County: “Stop Ignoring Communities of Color”