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Sheriff race could be non-partisan

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Feb. 28, 2007 at 4:00 pm with No Comments »
February 28, 2007 4:00 pm

That’s what the Pierce County Council is considering.


A proposed ordinance that says candidates for Pierce County Sheriff would not have to identify a political party passed out of committee by a 5-0 vote Tuesday.


The proposal now moves on to the full council.


“It only makes sense that the best person should win regardless of what party affiliation they may have,” said the ordinance’s prime sponsor, Councilmember Dick Muri (District 6), in a press release. “Law enforcement should rise above politics.”


Pierce County voters decided last year to change the county charter so that they would decide who runs the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department. In previous years, the sheriff has been chosen by the Pierce County Executive. The first election for sheriff is scheduled for November 2008.


If five members of the County Council (termed a super majority) approve the proposed non-partisan ordinance, it would go before voters this fall for approval.

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