EVERETT—More than 130 employees of the Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office, including attorneys from the civil and criminal divisions, paralegal and clerical staff, union and non-represented employees have signed a letter urging the County Council to appoint 22-year veteran prosecutor Mark Roe to replace outgoing Prosecutor Janice Ellis.
Organized by attorneys and staff within the office, the letter is an unprecedented statement in an appointment—representing the overwhelming majority of an office engaging in a process that will result in their new boss. Despite the risks, the attorneys and staff believe it was a message that needed to be sent to the County Council as the December 9 vote approaches.
“From the perspective of the professionals who work every day in the Prosecutor’s office, the choice is clear,” said Ed Stemler, a longtime deputy prosecutor. “We understand the high stakes of sending this letter, but it needs to be said: Mark Roe is the only qualified, experienced and trusted candidate for the office, for law enforcement, and for the community.”
The prosecutors and staff join law enforcement, crime victims, victim advocates, defense attorneys, and leaders throughout the county who are rallying behind Roe for the appointment.
“We’re in very good company,” said Stemler. “That should help reinforce to the Council who is the clear choice to lead the office from the first day on the job.”
Roe appreciates the strong statement from his colleagues.
“It’s touching and gratifying to know that so many of the men and women I’ve served alongside for more than two decades are so strongly supportive of my appointment,” Roe said. "I have been pretty overwhelmed by the support I have received".