Tumwater contracts with Thurston County for municipal court services

June 15, 2013 

The City of Tumwater has reached an agreement to contract municipal court services with Thurston County, providing long term savings and increased safety for the city, according to a news release.

Discussions regarding the contract have been in the works over the past year.

According to the agreement, District Court will handle all misdemeanor cases and infractions that require investigation and mitigation, while the city will take care of minor infractions.

The agreement will mean an estimated $167,000 in savings to taxpayers by contracting court services, saving the city the added cost of judicial and clerk time, space and the need for court holding cells.

The city would have to meet minimum standards for facility safety, public defense services and staffing if it had not come to an agreement with the court.

"While this will cost Tumwater more upfront, it will save us money in the long run and improve the delivery of other services at city hall," stated Mayor Pete Kmet in the release.

The contract also means improved safety at city hall and less need for transporting and holding prisoners. Those going through court processes will also be able to take advantage of county programs, such as Veteran's Court and Drug Court.

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