Today’s paper has a headline about renovations at the Whatcom County Courthouse to add a fourth courtroom, making room for a fourth Superior Court judge.
Inside that story about cost overruns on the $1 million renovation was a mention that the county will, indeed, have a fourth judge by the first of the year. He or she will join Deborra Garrett, Charles Snyder and Ira Uhrig.
The governor’s office today — Wednesday, Dec. 10 — confirmed it is close to a decision on that post.
“We should have an appointment by Christmas,” said Lisa Harper, a spokeswoman for Gov. Jay Inslee. “We had several applicants, and they are in interviews next week.”
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The new judge was approved by the state Legislature in 2013, with local legislators Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, and Rep. Kristine Lytton, D-Anacortes, sponsoring.
The state and county each pay half the salary of superior court judges, which will be $156,363 in 2015. The state pays for benefits, and the county pays all associated expenses, including additional staffing.