Law & Justice Council

Whatcom County Code 2.19.030 Members
The law and justice council shall include the following designated officials:
  • A. Whatcom County sheriff
  • B. Police chief of the City of Bellingham
  • C. Representative of the municipal police chiefs within the county
  • D. Whatcom County prosecuting attorney
  • E. Whatcom County public defender director
  • F. Representative of municipal prosecutors within the county as selected by the cities
  • G. Representative of the municipal legislative authorities within the county as selected by the cities
  • H. Whatcom County superior court administrator/clerk
  • I. Whatcom County district court administrator
  • J. Representative of the municipal courts within the county as selected by the cities
  • K. Whatcom County jail administrator
  • L. Whatcom County juvenile court administrator
  • M. Whatcom County district court probation director
  • N. Secretary of the Washington State Department of Corrections or designee
  • O. Presiding superior and district court judge
  • P. Whatcom County medical examiner
  • Q. Whatcom County director of administrative services (Resolution 2000-034 § 3)
2.19.040 Additional Members
In addition to the officials designated in WCC 2.19.030, the law and justice council shall include the following:
  • A. The Whatcom County Executive
  • B. The mayors of the cities in the county
  • C. 3 citizen representatives appointed by the Whatcom County Executive
  • D. 3 citizen representatives appointed by the mayor of the City of Bellingham
  • E. 1 citizen representative (PDF) appointed by the Whatcom County Council
  • F. 1 citizen representative appointed by each of the legislative councils of the cities of Bellingham, Ferndale, Lynden, Blaine, Sumas, Everson, and Nooksack; the Lummi Nation; and the Nooksack Indian Tribe
  • G. 5 representatives of local providers of social services treatment, appointed by the Whatcom County Executive
  • H. A representative of the Lummi Indian Tribe, appointed by the chairman of the Lummi Indian business council
  • I. A representative of the Nooksack Indian Tribe, appointed by the Nooksack tribal chairman
Vacancies
The Law and Justice Council is on hiatus until further notice

Term Length
  • 3 years
Term Limit
  • 2 terms
    • 1 year separation required after 2 terms.
Purpose
The Law and Justice Council was formed to provide a permanent ongoing forum and structure to coordinate and enhance criminal and juvenile justice agencies, programs and services in Whatcom County. For more information see page 39 of the Law and Justice Plan (PDF).

Authority