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King County Council Bids Bob Ferguson Farewall After Nine Years

Bob Ferguson will become Washington’s Attorney General on Wednesday.

Editor's note: The following is a news release from the Metropolitan King County Council. Ferguson represented part of Kirkland during his time as a county council member.

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The members of the Metropolitan King County Council on Monday recognized Councilmember Bob Ferguson for his work as a member of the County Council and wished him well as he prepares to take the oath as Washington’s Attorney General Jan. 16.

“It has been an honor to work with Bob Ferguson for the last nine years,” said Council Chair Larry Gossett in a news release. “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, who joined the Council in 2004, will be sworn in as Attorney General Wednesday, Jan. 16.

During his time on the Council, Ferguson served as Council Chair in 2010 and as chair of the Council’s 2007 Budget Committee, crafted King County’s 2008 Budget. He was also the prime sponsor of the legislation that became the Veterans and Human Services Levy adopted by voters in 2005 and renewed 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,” said Councilmember Kathy Lambert. “We will miss his input on local budget and criminal justice issues as he transitions to a statewide role.”

As chair of the Council’s Law, Justice and Human Services Committee in 2006, Ferguson worked on legislation to implement independent oversight of the King County Sheriff’s Office, the news release said. Those reforms lead to the creation of Office of Law Enforcement Oversight, an independent agency responsible for monitoring investigations of misconduct, helping to resolve cases, increasing public trust and transparency, and identifying systemic issues and reforms within the Sheriff’s Office.

A note on Ferguson's page on the county website said it's been an honor for him to serve on the council.

"It has been an honor to serve the residents of District 1 as their Council representative for the past nine years," he wrote. Although I am changing jobs, my family and I are planning to continue living in District 1, and I hope to see you out in the community! Thanks again for the opportunity to serve as your King County Councilmember."

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Art Valla January 16, 2013 at 09:47 PM
Don't let the door hit you in the butt on the way out. Here is a hint for your new job, Bob. Don't ride the bus. You need to experience the same problems the rest of us face on a daily basis. Good that you like to use public transportation, but you haven't got a clue how frustrating it is to have all the traffic lights on SR522 out of sync. Now, about all those books. Glad you felt you had the time to catch up on your casual reading. But as my representative, I would much rather you had spent your time looking at a map of Finn Hill and figuring out how to solve some of our local problems rather than trying to be a literature major. Now that you are off to Olympia to be the States lawyer, you might think about the major problems we have faced. Time and again, two of our major financial institutions, BofA and Wells Fargo, have been caught in mortgage fraud and financial misdeeds. The last Attorney General refused to investigate these two banks. Maybe you should think about doing a better job. Heck, solve the nasty bank problem and maybe you could even be governor some day.

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