Bill sponsored by Rep. Brad Hawkins at request of Chelan County approved by House

A bill introduced by Rep. Brad Hawkins, R-East Wenatchee, at the request of Chelan County Commissioners was approved by the House of Representatives today by a vote of 92-5. House Bill 1752 would update a law from the 1950s pertaining to residency requirements of a staff-level county position known as chief examiner.

A chief examiner maintains records and testing procedures for civil service positions in counties. A chief examiner is a staff-level, non-elected position usually within a county’s human resources division. Under current law, a county’s chief examiner must reside within the county. House Bill 1752 would relieve counties of this strict residency requirement.

“In the Wenatchee Valley, because of the proximity of our two cities, counties, and school districts, some employees live in one jurisdiction and work in another. When the county brought this old statute to my attention about a staff-level county position, I thought it made sense to get it updated,” said Hawkins. “Other counties in the state need this little-known law updated as well and might not even realize they have a potential compliance issue. It is a modest bill, but I am glad I can help.”

House Bill 1752 now advances to the Senate for consideration.

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