At least one Pierce County Council member isn’t worried that the prosecuting attorney’s office thinks the council’s decision to cut Superior Court Judge Michael Hecht’s position was illegal.
Chief civil deputy Doug Vanscoy has written an opinion that concludes the Legislature created Department 9 (Hecht’s seat), so only the Legislature can eliminate it.
County Councilman Dick Muri, R-Steilacoom, told me this morning that Vanscoy’s opinion relies on technical arguments but not on common sense. He said the council’s budget authority gives it the power to eliminate the post.
“At some point, you either control the budget or you don’t control the budget,” Muri said.
As to Vanscoy’s opinion, Muri said: “Sue us and it will be decided in a court of law.”