Sammamish likely to adopt anti-harassment ordinance

September 8, 2013

By Administrator

New: Sept. 8, 11:16 a.m.

The city of Sammamish seems poised to adopt an ordinance enforcing anti-harassment orders.

Police Chief Nate Elledge told the City Council Sept. 3 that since the city has not adopted such an ordinance, any violations must be filed with King County prosecutors.

By adopting the change, the violations will now be processed by the city’s prosecutor.

Elledge believed the county prosecutors do a good job, but have a much higher caseload. By filing with the city prosecutor, the cases could be handled more quickly and efficiently, he said. The city pays its prosecutor a flat monthly rate, no matter how many cases are handled. As a result, there will be no new costs to the city.

These orders, Elledge said, typically do not stem from cases such as domestic violence, and are more often based on threats or telephone harassments. He said they come up fairly rarely.

The maximum penalty for violating an anti-harassment order is one year in jail and a $5,000 fine.

The council will vote on the measure at an upcoming meeting.

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