WSR 19-03-045
[Filed January 8, 2019, 4:37 a.m.]
The Washington attorney general routinely publishes notice of an opportunity to comment for opinion requests that we receive from the heads of state agencies, state legislators, and county prosecuting attorneys if we anticipate publishing a formal opinion in response to the request. We do so in order to provide members of the public with a chance to provide any legal analysis that they would like us to consider as we develop our opinion. In preparing any comments, please be aware that our opinion will provide our considered legal analysis of the question presented, and therefore comments that address the interpretation of the law are more helpful than comments that express an opinion as to what the law should be.
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The attorney general's office seeks public input on the following opinion request(s):
Opinion Docket No. 19-01-02
Request by Pacific County Prosecutor Mark McClain
1. Does the continued employment in the Sheriffs Office of the Sheriffs spouse as a 911 Telecommunicator constitute a beneficial interest in a contract under the supervision of a municipal officer, in violation of RCW 42.23.030?
2. Should the Sheriffs Office Policy regarding siblings be regarded as applying to a brother-in-law relationship?
3. If this policy applies to a brother-in-law relationship, would the Sheriff hiring his brother-in-law constitute granting a special privilege or exemption to another, in violation of RCW 42.23.070(1)?
4. Does a judicial finding that an individual violated RCW 42.23.030, and order to forfeit office, constitute a finding of malfeasance, such that the individual is disqualified from holding public office in this state?
5. Is a business agreement by a County Commissioner leasing a business to a relative, and precluding the County Commissioner from receiving any profit from business with the County, sufficient to avoid violating RCW 42.23.030?