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Dec. 1, 2007

Leaders gather to dedicate Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center

The King County Regional Justice Center was renamed the Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center todayThe King County Regional Justice Center was renamed the Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center today in honor of the long-time County Prosecutor who died suddenly last May. Maleng was remembered as one of the most respected and revered public servants in county government at a dedication ceremony attended by elected leaders, his family, friends and members of the legal community.

County Executive Ron Sims formally presented a memorial plaque that will be posted in the building that commemorates Maleng's life and tireless pursuit of justice for the people of King County.

"Norm could have no greater honor than the naming of this important Regional Justice Center in his memory," said Maleng's widow, Judy. "Mark and I are extremely touched and gratified by this generous action and wish to thank the King County Executive, County Council, and all others involved in making this possible."

"Renaming this seat of justice is a fitting memorial to Norm who was elected by voters as their County Prosecutor eight times and who spent nearly 30 years in the office," stated King County Executive Ron Sims. "We miss him terribly and now honor his service and life with this dedication."

Built in 1997 and originally referred to as the King County Regional Justice Center, the Maleng Justice Center (MRJC) will continue to serve the citizens of King County as well as the local justice community. The building houses superior and district court as well as a 1457 bed correctional facility.

"The comprehensive nature of the programs at the Regional Justice Center, with their focus on every aspect of the criminal justice system, makes the dedication of this building to Norm Maleng an appropriate way to honor his lasting impact in King County," said Council Chair Larry Gossett.

"The Maleng Regional Justice Center is an inspirational name for a courthouse," said Dan Satterberg, newly elected King County Prosecuting Attorney. "May all who pass through its doors, seek and find justice with the same passion that marked the career of Norm Maleng."

Norm Maleng Justice CenterA memorial plaque to be placed at the MRJC was also presented jointly by the Washington Association of County Officials and the Washington Association of Prosecuting Attorneys.

Speakers included:

Mike McKay, Master of Ceremonies, Doug Wheeler, Christian Restoration Center, Ron Sims, King County Executive, Dan Satterberg, King County Prosecutor, Sue Rahr, King County Sheriff, Larry Gossett, King County Council Chair, Pete von Reichbauer, King County Councilmember, Suzanne Sinclair, President Washington Association of Counties Officials, Randy Gaylord, President Washington Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, Robert Lasnik, Chief Judge, Western District of Washington, U.S. District Court, Michael Trickey, Presiding Judge, King County Superior Court, Barbara Linde, Presiding Judge, King County District Court, and, Mark Maleng, Norm Maleng's son.

A graduate of University of Washington School of Law, Norm Maleng was re-elected to seven consecutive terms as King County Prosecutor from 1979-2007.


Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center Plaque Text

Designation of the Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center
December 1, 2007

This building was opened in March of 1997 and was known as "The King County Regional Justice Center." Following the untimely death of King County Prosecuting Attorney Norm Maleng in May of 2007, the King County Council and King County Executive now name this facility, "The Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center" in his memory.

Norm Maleng was born in 1938 in the small dairy farm community of Acme in Whatcom County. Norm never forgot the small-town values he learned of hard work, integrity, respect for his fellow citizens and love of family. After graduating from the University of Washington and its Law School, Norm had a distinguished career as King County Prosecuting Attorney from 1979 to 2007 and as a leader for criminal justice reform state-wide. After initially being elected Prosecutor, he won reelection to seven consecutive terms. We should remember Norm for his enthusiasm for the job, his sense of fair play and justice, his leadership and above all his eternal optimism. The citizens of King County and its government are poorer for his loss, but should be inspired by his example.

As Prosecutor, Norm often said that the mission of his office was "not just to win cases, but to serve the cause of justice."

May all who enter these halls find the same passion for justice that inspired the career of King County Prosecuting Attorney Norm Maleng.

This building is named in memory of Norm Maleng by
The Elected Officials and Citizens of King County

King County Executive Ron Sims

King County Council Council Chairman Larry Gossett

Bob Ferguson
Julia Patterson
Dow Constantine
Kathy Lambert
Jane Hague
Reagan Dunn
Larry Phillips
Pete von Reichbauer

Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg
Superior Court Presiding Judge Michael Trickey
District Court Presiding Judge Barbara Linde
Sheriff Sue Rahr
Assessor Scott Noble


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