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Bob Ferguson

AGO 1992 NO. 11 > Jun 29 1992

1.  A water district commissioner is a municipal officer subject to the Code of Ethics for Municipal Officers, chapter 42.23 RCW.  Under RCW 42.23.030 a water district commissioner cannot have a beneficial interest in a contract with the district where the water district's total liability exceeds $750 in any calendar month. 2.  A part-time employee, operating under the control of a board of water commissioners is not a municipal officer subject to the Code of Ethics for Municipal Officers.  Thus, the restrictions in RCW 42.23.030 do not apply to the part-time employee.

AGO 1954 NO. 368 > Dec 20 1954

1. Statutes regulating the conduct of an election are mandatory when noncompliance affects result; an election is invalid when sufficient ballots not furnished and tie vote resulted.  2. Water district commissioners may be elected only at biennial general elections.