McKenna refuses to appoint a Special Assistant Attorney General to protect Common School Trust lands in Okanogan County
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McKenna refuses to appoint a Special Assistant Attorney General to protect Common School Trust lands in Okanogan County 
 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
                                                                                                         
June 10, 2010
 
McKenna refuses to appoint a Special Assistant Attorney General to protect Common School Trust lands in Okanogan County

OLYMPIA – Statement from Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark on Attorney General Rob McKenna’s refusal to appoint a Special Assistant Attorney General.

“I am deeply disappointed that Attorney General Rob McKenna has denied my request to appoint a Special Assistant Attorney General that would allow DNR to appeal the use of eminent domain against the Common School Trust in Okanogan County.

As Commissioner of Public Lands, I have a fiduciary responsibility to defend the trust. It is puzzling that our Attorney General will not allow his client’s argument to be heard in court when he already supported trying it in a lower court.

While I am unsure what changed his mind, I hope he changes his mind again and appoints a Special Assistant Attorney General.

It is uncertain if there is a precedent for denying a request for a Special Assistant Attorney General to an agency headed by an independently elected official.”

The original deadline to appeal the case in Okanogan County Superior Court was today, June 10, 2010. Due to interveners on the case filing an appeal, DNR has an additional 14 days to encourage the Attorney General to allow counsel to represent the state’s interests.

Media Contact: Aaron Toso, Director of Communications & Outreach, 360-902-1023, aaron.toso@dnr.wa.gov  

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