Law & Justice Public Review Committee

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About the Committee

The Pierce County Council created the law and justice public review committee to review reports generated by the county’s law and justice departments, per Resolution R2020-43. In June the Council directed the County Executive to review the policies, procedures and best practices currently in place in these departments.

The departments include the Sheriff’s Department, corrections system, Assigned Counsel, Medical Examiner and Economic Development Department.

The Council also requested the Judicial Branch and Office of the Prosecuting Attorney provide a thorough review of policies, procedures and best practices in use as it relates to serving Pierce County residents.  

Retired Pierce County Superior Court Judge Frank Cuthbertson serves as facilitator of the committee, which is composed of 14 people, two from each of the seven Council districts.

The committee meets weekly and will focus on specific areas of review. Following its review, the committee will send comments and recommended priorities to the Council.

The committee recommendations will inform the Council as it develops an action plan for how to prevent and reduce inequality and injustice, including the formulation and implementation of public policies and procedures that assure fair distribution of public services and management of County operated, public-serving institutions to achieve fairness, justice, equality and equity.

Committee organization

View the Purpose, Objectives and Operating Agreements of the Committee.

Attend a meeting

Due to COVID-19 and limitations on public gatherings, in-person meetings are not permitted. All committee meetings will be held virtually and are open to the public to participate remotely.

Call: 1-253-215-8782 or toll free 888-788-0099 and enter Webinar ID: 955 6211 6915 to join a meeting, or view the meeting via Zoom by clicking here

Public Comment

Public comment will be accepted at the meetings. Follow the prompts by the committee facilitator to provide comment when indicated. Send written comments via email to, or mail them to:

Office of the Pierce County Council

Attn: Public Review Committee

930 Tacoma Ave. S., RM 1046

Tacoma, WA 98402 

View written public comments received by the committee and written comments from committee members.

Past meeting recordings are available below.

Watch the Law & Justice Public Review Committee Live

Streaming live on Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 2 p.m.

Committee members

District 1: Pablo Monroy, Tim Reynon
District 2: Erin Calata, Paul M. Herrera
District 3: Ken Garcy, Anthony McDaniel
District 4: Preston Anderson, Tisha Wosencroft
District 5: Shalisa Hayes, Jim Walton
District 6: Alfred Authorlee, Jim Cook
District 7: Richard Benson, Roxanne Simon

Retired Pierce County Superior Court Judge Frank Cuthbertson

Staff liaison:
Chris Carlson, Chief of Staff

Meeting timeline (tentative)

The committee will meet virtually every week on Wednesdays starting at 2 p.m. The below dates are tentative and subject to change. Meeting agendas will be linked once they are available.

Request to extend meeting 

On Oct. 23, 2020 Public Review Committee facilitator retired Pierce County Superior Court Judge Frank Cuthbertson sent a letter to County Council Chair Doug Richardson requesting additional time to submit its report to Council. Chair Richardson agreed. The final report from the committee is expected to be presented to the entire Council at a Committee of the Whole meeting on Nov. 18, 2020 at 2 p.m.

Meeting dateAgendaMeeting recordings
Sept. 23, 2020Click to view meeting agenda packetSept. 23, 2020 meeting (click to view)
Sept. 30, 2020Law Enforcement and Corrections review.
Agenda packet.
Sept. 30, 2020 meeting (click to view)
Oct. 7, 2020Prosecuting Attorney's Office review.
Agenda packet.
Oct. 7, 2020 meeting (click to view)
Oct. 14, 2020Department of Assigned Counsel review, Medical Examiner's Office review, Department of Economic Development review.
Agenda packet.
Oct. 14, 2020 meeting (click to view)
Oct. 21, 2020Review of Superior and District courts.
Agenda packet.
Oct. 21, 2020 meeting (click to view)
Oct. 28, 2020Review and discussion of draft report.
Agenda packetView the draft report.
Oct. 28, 2020 meeting (click to view)
Nov. 4, 2020Review and finalize report.
Nov. 18 special Committee of the Whole meetingPublic Review Committee to present report to Council at Committee of the Whole meeting. Report to come.

Associated legislation

Resolution R2020-43, which directed the Executive and requested the Judicial Branch and Prosecuting Attorney to conduct the reviews.

Resolution R2020-75, changed the date for when the reports were presented to Council and moved the presentation from the Public Safety Committee to a Committee of the Whole meeting.

Resolution R2020-76, which established the public review committee on law and justice.