State of Washington
Ethics Advisory CommitteeOpinion 89-07
Is a judge prohibited from participating as a member of a city transition committee? If a judge cannot be a member of the committee, could the judge attend for informational purposes only, but not as a voting member? If a judge cannot participate in any way, could a court staff member serve as a voting member or a non-voting liaison to the court?
[Our answer is premised on the following representations made to the committee: 1) the district court judge has been asked to serve as a member of the transition team which is preparing information needed to create a new city; 2) while city council campaigning is occurring, a transition committee of noncandidates is preparing information and proposed ordinances for adoption by the city council once they take office; and 3) one of the issues the city will face is whether to file their citations in the existing court or set up a municipal court and whether to set up a municipal violations bureau within the district court.]
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