By Dale Brown
The Journal 

Commissioners consider coroner-law change

Voters may get to decide staffing issue


Last updated 8/15/2023 at 9:14am

RITZVILLE – An upcoming change in state law has prompted Adams County officials to take a look at how a coroner is selected.

During the Aug. 8 Adams County commissioner meeting, Prosecuting Attorney Randy Flyckt discussed changes to Revised Code of Washington 36.16.030 will require the county to hire or elect a coroner.

As the law currently stands, in counties with a population of less than 40,000, the prosecuting attorney may serve as an “ex-officio” county coroner, performing some of the legal functions of coroners.

As of July 1, 2022, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated the populatio...

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