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Ron Sims, King County Executive 701 Fifth Ave. Suite 3210 Seattle, WA 98104 Phone: 206-296-4040 Fax: 206-296-0194 TTY Relay: 711
Image: King County Exeutive Ron Sims, News Release

Dec. 17, 2007

Anne Watanabe appointed to King County Board of Ethics

King County Executive Ron Sims this week appointed Anne Watanabe to an open position on the county's Board of Ethics. Ms. Watanabe is the Deputy Hearing Examiner for the City of Seattle, and has served in that capacity since 1995. Prior to her work at the City of Seattle, she was a land use planner for the cities of Kent and Bellevue, a planner with the state Department of Ecology, a managing editor for a legal publisher, and also worked in private practice as an attorney.

Created by ordinance in 1972, the King County Board of Ethics is a five-member citizen advisory, administrative, and quasi-judicial board. Authorized by K.C.C. 3.04, the Board's purpose is to ensure proper implementation of the code of ethics, to interpret the code through advisory opinions, and to manage a disclosure program of financial and other interests for employees and elected officials.

The board's mission is to ensure the highest standards of public service by developing, disseminating, and promoting readily understandable ethics requirements for King County employees and agencies. Its first goal is education and its teaching program extends throughout the county helping employees understand their obligations and guiding them when faced with ethical decisions on the job.

Ms. Watanabe received her law degree and Masters in Urban Planning at the University of Washington and has previously served on the Board of the Municipal League of King County. Her appointment fills a partial term on the board that expires in January 2009.

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  Updated: March 17, 2010