Chapter 2.19
LAW AND JUSTICE COUNCIL1

Sections:

2.19.010    Created.

2.19.020    Purpose.

2.19.030    Members.

2.19.040    Additional members.

2.19.050    Terms of office.

2.19.060    Meetings.

2.19.070    Staff support.

2.19.080    Law and justice plan.

2.19.090    Annual report.

2.19.100    Advisory duties.

2.19.010 Created.

The Whatcom County law and justice council is created pursuant to RCW 72.09.300. For purposes of this council, the appointment process and term limitation as set forth in Section 3.23 of the Whatcom County Charter shall not apply. (Res. 2000-034 § 1).

2.19.020 Purpose.

The purpose of the law and justice council is to provide a permanent ongoing forum and structure to coordinate and enhance criminal and juvenile justice agencies, programs and services in Whatcom County. (Res. 2000-034 § 2).

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.

In selecting members for the council, the county executive shall attempt to reflect the racial, ethnic, economic and geographic diversity of the county community. (Res. 2000-034 § 4).

2.19.050 Terms of office.

Notwithstanding other provisions of this code, terms of citizen representatives, social service treatment providers, tribal representatives and other officials shall be four years; provided, that the terms of those first appointed shall be staggered so that five will be appointed for one year, five will be appointed for two years, five will be appointed for three years, and five will be appointed for four years. Members may be reappointed. Members may be removed by the appointing authority. Each member shall continue to serve until a successor has been appointed. (Res. 2000-034 § 5).

2.19.060 Meetings.

Meetings of the law and justice council shall be open and accessible to the public, as provided by law. The council shall determine its own meeting schedule, but shall meet at least once each quarter. Written records shall be kept of meetings, resolutions, findings and recommendations, and such records shall be public. The council shall establish policies and procedures and develop and adopt by-laws for operation. The council shall establish permanent standing subcommittees including an executive committee, and ad hoc task forces as necessary. The council shall elect a chairperson from among its members who shall preside at meetings. (Res. 2000-034 § 6).

2.19.070 Staff support.

The county and the cities therein may provide such staff and funding for the council as is necessary for the council to perform its duties. (Res. 2000-034 § 7).

2.19.080 Law and justice plan.

The law and justice council shall develop a law and justice plan for Whatcom County. The plan shall include performance objectives and priorities, estimated costs, and schedules for completion of activities. Upon completion of the plan, the law and justice council shall transmit it to the county executive, the county council, and the municipal authorities of all the cities in the county. Upon approval by the county council and the municipal authorities of all the cities in the county, the plan shall be the law and justice plan for Whatcom County. The law and justice council shall regularly review and adjust the plan as changing circumstance require, and shall recommend such changes as it finds appropriate to the county executive, county council, and the municipal authorities of all the cities in the county for approval. (Res. 2000-034 § 8).

2.19.090 Annual report.

The law and justice council shall deliver a formal report of progress toward attainment of performance objectives and completion of planned activities at least annually to the Whatcom County council and to the county community at large. (Res. 2000-034 § 9).

2.19.100 Advisory duties.

The law and justice council may also advise the county council and county executive and make such recommendations as it deems appropriate on matters relating to law and justice in Whatcom County. (Res. 2000-034 § 10).


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Prior legislation: Res. 93-015.