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Bob Ferguson

AGLO 1974 NO. 46 > Apr 15 1974

(1) A police officer may employ the services of a commercial towing truck to move a parked automobile from a highway under RCW 46.61.565. (2) In such a case, the tow truck operator will have a statutory lien against the owner of the automobile for payment of his charges, and will also have a contractual right to payment by the county or city which retained his services if the vehicle involved later turns out to have been abandoned and is not claimed by its owner.

AGLO 1974 NO. 96 > Nov 19 1974

Jurisdiction of Washington State Patrol, county sheriffs and city police with respect to state, county and city traffic law violations.

AGO 1954 NO. 301 > Aug 17 1954

Automobiles and other personal property supplied by a county to the sheriff is to be treated and dealt with as other county property (overruling Opinion No. 51-53-259).

AGO 1956 NO. 318 > Sep 18 1956

A sheriff may not, under the 13th paragraph of RCW 36.18.040, charge mileage fees for an unsuccessful attempt to serve an individual in addition to mileage fees charged on a second trip when service was successfully made.

AGO 1956 NO. 341 > Nov 19 1956

The commissioners of a county may not grant a leave of absence to the sheriff for the purpose of enabling the sheriff to accept employment with the United States government in a different locality, and appoint an acting sheriff in his stead.  In the event the sheriff shall take a leave of absence of his own volition; his salary may not be terminated during such leave.   Possible recourse against the sheriff may be had under RCW 42.12.010.

AGO 1952 NO. 399 > Sep 4 1952

The county real estate sales tax applies to execution sales pursuant to judgment or mortgage foreclosure and is imposed upon the one from whom title passes.