Purpose: To provide a permanent ongoing forum and structure to coordinate and enhance criminal and juvenile justice agencies, programs and services in Whatcom County. For more information see Page 39 of the Law & Justice Plan.
Authority: RCW 72.09.300, Whatcom County Resolution 2000-034. See Page 55 of the Law & Justice Plan.
Vacancies: The Law and Justice Council is on hiatus until further notice.
Term Length: 3 years.
Term Limit: 2 terms, one year separation required after two terms.
WCC 2.19.030 Members
The law and justice council shall include the following designated officials:
A. Whatcom County sheriff;
B. Police chief of the city of Bellingham;
C. Representative of the municipal police chiefs within the county;
D. Whatcom County prosecuting attorney;
E. Whatcom County public defender director;
F. Representative of municipal prosecutors within the county as selected by the cities;
G. Representative of the municipal legislative authorities within the county as selected by the cities;
H. Whatcom County superior court administrator/clerk;
I. Whatcom County district court administrator;
J. Representative of the municipal courts within the county as selected by the cities;
K. Whatcom County jail administrator;
L. Whatcom County juvenile court administrator;
M. Whatcom County district court probation director;
N. Secretary of the Washington State Department of Corrections or designee;
O. Presiding superior and district court judge;
P. Whatcom County medical examiner;
Q. Whatcom County director of administrative services. (Res. 2000-034 § 3).
2.19.040 Additional members.
In addition to the officials designated in WCC 2.19.030, the law and justice council shall include the following:
A. The Whatcom County executive;
B. The mayors of the cities in the county;
C. Three citizen representatives appointed by the Whatcom County executive;
D. Three citizen representatives appointed by the mayor of the city of Bellingham;
E. One citizen representative appointed by the Whatcom County council;
F. One citizen representative appointed by each of the legislative councils of the cities of Bellingham, Ferndale, Lynden, Blaine, Sumas, Everson, and Nooksack; the Lummi Nation; and the Nooksack Indian Tribe;
G. Five representatives of local providers of social services treatment, appointed by the Whatcom County executive;
H. A representative of the Lummi Indian Tribe, appointed by the chairman of the Lummi Indian business council;
I. A representative of the Nooksack Indian Tribe, appointed by the Nooksack tribal chairman.