Greater Maple Valley Area Council
P.O. Box 101
Maple Valley, WA 98038
December 9, 2010
King County Council
516 Third Ave, Rm.1200
Seattle WA 98104
Re: Proposed Cuts of Sheriff’s Deputies for 2011
The Greater Maple Valley Unincorporated Area Council (GMVUAC) considers police
protection in the rural area as a top priority of King County government.
Consequently, GMVUAC requests King County Council to restore the Sheriff’s
deputies eliminated in the recently passed 2011 budget.
Citizens’ Surveys we conduct as a part of our elections show police protection
is a top issue in our unincorporated area. As such, we request the King County
Council reconsider their vote to eliminate 28 King County Deputy Positions. In
taking this action you place Unincorporated community members in jeopardy. These
Deputies are central to the good order of our communities and residents and the
ability of the Sheriff to provide needed public safety to each of us and our
We understand the shortfall of County funds at this time, but there are vehicles
available to fund these positions. We believe two portions of the King County
Charter, Sections 350.20.40 and 490, discuss this issue with specificity (our
Section 350.20.40 Department of Public Safety.
The department of public safety shall be administered by the county sheriff who
shall perform the duties specified by general law. The county sheriff shall be
elected by the voters of the county, and his or her term of office shall be four
years. The department of public safety shall be an executive department subject
to the civil service personnel system and shall utilize the services of the
administrative offices and the executive departments, but it shall not be
abolished or combined with any other executive department or administrative
office and shall not have its duties decreased by the county council. (Ord.
12301 § 1, 1996).
We believe that failing to properly fund the County Sheriff’s office constitutes
a decrease of County Sheriff’s duties by council action in violation to the
A potential funding mechanism could be found in Section 490:
Section 490: Inter-fund Borrowing and Reimbursement:
One agency of county government or fund may reimburse another agency or fund for
services rendered, and the county council when requested to do so by the county
executive may adopt an ordinance to provide for temporary inter-fund borrowing.
We believe this method of funding could be used to ensure both the Sheriff’s
office and the Criminal Justice System as a whole are fully enabled to perform
their duties to County residents and, particularly, the residents of
unincorporated King County.
Greater Maple Valley
Unincorporated Area Council