Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

AGO 1959 NO. 37 >

A city of the first class lying wholly within one county can annex contiguous territory in another county.

AGO 1955 NO. 70 >

Policemen seeking credit for time spent in service toward retirement must pay at the rate set forth and effective as of date of payment.

AGO 1961 NO. 71 >

(1) A city of the first class, in the absence of any restrictive provision of its own charter, has the power under existing state law to enact an ordinance authorizing the purchase of liability insurance out of city funds to protect its employees against liability from false arrest or assault and battery, as a part of their compensation.(2) A city of the first class, in the absence of any restrictive provision in its own charter, has the power under state law to enact an ordinance providing for the use of corporation counsel to defend civil suits brought against its officers and employees in their individual capacity for wrongful arrest or assault and battery under certain specified conditions.

AGLO 1974 NO. 74 >

Subject to constitutional or stautory limitations, cities of the first class may, by appropriate action of their own legislative authorities, engage in certain "human resource functions" such as would be provided for by Substitute House Bill No. 1455.

AGO 1961 NO. 82 >

Where members of the police force of a first class city are paid a basic salary by virtue of the position held, plus an amount based upon longevity, such longevity pay is not to be considered in establishing the amount of pensions to be paid upon retirement under the provisions of § 1, chapter 191, Laws of 1961.

AGO 1953 NO. 83 >

Where property of a first class school district is required for state highway purposes, the directors of the district may mutually agree with the state as to the selling price and may proceed to make the sale on that basis without submitting the question of the sale to the voters of the district even though the value of the property exceeds $20,000.00.

AGO 1962 NO. 105 >

A school district of the first class has the power to apply to the federal communications commission for a license to construct a television transmitter and to construct said transmitter on land within the district for educational purposes.

AGO 1954 NO. 355 >

A city of the first class may provide health and welfare for its employees if the city charter so provides.  Health and welfare benefits given to elective officials during their present term of office constitute additional compensation and would violate Article XI, § 8 of the Washington Constitution.