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The King County Regional Law Safety and Justice Committee (RLSJC) is a law and justice council established under RCW 72.09.300. The committee seeks to improve coordination and cooperation among criminal justice agencies. RLSJC meets monthly to share information, identify problems and solutions and monitor the progress of innovative programs.

The membership includes representatives from suburban cities, the city of Seattle, King County, and the Department of Corrections. Meetings normally include judges, prosecutors, police chiefs, corrections officials, public defenders, legislators, mayors, city council members and line staff. The chairmanship of the committee rotates annually between the suburban cities, the city of Seattle, and King County. The meeting is staffed by a budget analyst from the Criminal Justice section of the Office of Performance, Strategy and Budget.

In past years, the committee has looked at a wide range of issues including regional jail planning efforts, challenges related to criminal offenders with mental illness and/or chemical dependency issues, and the impact of state and local budget deficits on the criminal justice system. The committee meets on the last Thursday of the month from 7:30 to 9:00 AM. Prior to the pandemic, the meetings were held in the Bertha K. Landes Room in Seattle City Hall. 2022 Committee Meeting Dates:

We will continue meeting via Zoom thru 2022.

  • January 27
  • February 24
  • March 24
  • May 26
  • July 28
  • September 22
  • December 1

For meeting or other information, please contact King County Performance, Strategy and Budget (PSB) at (206) 263-4176.

May 26, 2022 RLSJC Meeting:

2022 RLSJC Committee Membership:

Chair:

Lydia Assefa Dawson, Councilmember 
City of Federal Way 
Lydia.Assefa-Dawson@cityoffederalway.com 

Vice Chair:

Judge Willie Gregory
Seattle Municipal Court 
willie.gregory@seattle.gov 

Sound Cities Association:

Neal Black, Kirkland Councilmember

Kim-Khánh Văn, Renton Councilmember

Jeremy Barksdale, Bellevue Councilmember

Traci Buxton, Des Moines Councilmember

Kristiana de Leon, Black Diamond Councilmember

Steve Friedman, Clyde Hill Councilmember

Zandria Michaud, Kent Councilmember

Staff:

   Jason EscarenoExecutive Analyst
   King County Office of Performance, Strategy and Budget
   401 5th Ave., Ste 810
   Seattle, WA 98104
   (206) 263-3263 

   jescareno@kingcounty.gov