Satterberg in as acting prosecuting attorney

Dan Satterberg will serve as acting prosecuting attorney for King County in light of the passing of longtime Prosecutor Norm Maleng. Satterberg, 47 has served as chief of staff to Maleng since 1990, with responsibility for general oversight of the office as well as the administrative functions of budget, human resources, media, community and governmental relations and legislative and policy matters.

He was originally hired into the Criminal Division of the office in 1985, where he tried all types of criminal cases.

"I want to thank you for your confidence in me," Satterberg told the Seattle City Council, after being sworn into office by Superior Court Judge Richard Eadie.

Under the state Constitution, the council must now appoint an interim successor to fill the vacancy left by Maleng and serve as prosecuting attorney until the next election. With the office being a partisan one, the council will make the appointment from a list of three nominations submitted by the Republican Central Committee of King County.

The council must act within 60 days. On November 6, voters will elect a candidate to take office immediately upon certification of the election on November 27. The candidate will finish the final three years of Maleng's unexpired term. Candidates must file by June 8 for the August primary.

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