Courthouse Journal Blog

The Courthouse Journal is the official weekly newsletter of the Washington Association of County Officials. The Courthouse Journal Blog is a collection of publications relevant to WACO members, their staff, and others. *This blog is not updated on a schedule.

Feb 09

The Universal Problem of Recruitment & Retention

Posted on February 9, 2024 at 10:53 PM by Cella Hyde

Across the offices of local government officials, there are many niche and specific issues that each office faces that others do not understand. However, one recurring theme that only seems to be growing in frequency, is the trouble that all local government offices are facing in recruiting and retaining quality and invested staff.

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Feb 09

The Mental Health Impacts of Death Investigations

Posted on February 9, 2024 at 9:00 AM by Timothy Grisham

When asked why Coroners or Medical Examiners matter, a common saying usually begins a complex answer, “Everybody dies, and people die everyday.” This of course can sound glib, but as a matter of fact it is true. In Washington, county Coroners and Medical Examiners work some of the most devastating cases, are witness to the aftermath of the highest levels of violence that most people seldom see. 

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Jan 22

Aerial Imagery – A Bird’s Eye View

Posted on January 22, 2024 at 2:45 PM by Cella Hyde

Aerial imagery is a fascinating technology growing in use and sophistication. This legislative session, HB 1990 and its companion SB 5954 propose creation of an aerial imagery program for the purpose of providing coordinated high-quality aerial imagery services to state agencies, local governments, special purpose districts, and tribal governments. State, local, and tribal governments use aerial imagery in a myriad of ways - including emergency response to natural disasters. Read this post to learn more!

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