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Okanogan County Prosecutor Karl Sloan has announced that he will seek election to Okanogan County Superior Court Judge, Position no. 1 being vacated by the retirement of long time Judge Jack Burchard.
Sloan was first elected as Prosecutor in 2002. He was re-elected in 2006, and 2010. Sloan began working in the Okanogan County Prosecutor's office in 1998.
Sloan has extensive courtroom experience, having personally tried more than 150 criminal cases to juries, and argued numerous appellate cases before the Washington State Court of Appeals and Washington State Supreme Court.
Sloan has served as a member of the Washington State Bar Association Court Rules and Procedures Committee since 2007. He was also an appointed Member of Attorney General Rob McKenna's Methamphetamine Task Force, and previously served as president of the Okanogan County Bar Association.
In a press release, Sloan said, "Serving Okanogan County as Prosecuting Attorney has provided me a thorough knowledge of courtroom procedures, and the ability to make tough and timely decisions. I know firsthand the impact that the court system has on crime victims, witnesses, and litigants. If elected, I will bring extensive Superior Court experience, independence, and fairness to the role of judge. I have been working for over a decade to protect the citizens of Okanogan County and their property. I strongly believe that justice must extend to all persons, regardless of social or economic status. If I am elected, you can count on me to administer the law fairly and impartially. I believe a good judge is one who works hard, comes prepared to conduct hearings and trials in an efficient manner, and ensures that people are treated fairly and with respect. I look forward to the opportunity to continue serving the citizens of our county as their judge."
Sloan earned a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Finance and Economics from Central Washington University; a Master's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Oregon; and a Juris Doctorate Degree from Seattle University School of Law. Before joining the Okanogan County Prosecutor's Office, Sloan worked in private law practice and for the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney. Sloan lives with his family, including four children ages 7 to 16, in Riverside.
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