Lawyer to oversee open government

Staff writerNovember 19, 2013 

The lawyer for the state Public Disclosure Commission is leaving the election-watchdog agency to become the state’s open-government watchdog.

Attorney General Bob Ferguson said in September he would name a full-time attorney devoted to government transparency. Ferguson announced Monday he would hire PDC general counsel Nancy Krier for the job.

Krier starts next month.

A similar position had been held by Tim Ford from 2007 until he left in August. But that was downgraded to a half-time job after budget cuts in July 2011, Ferguson said in a news release Monday.

Krier, of Olympia, will be the open-government assistant attorney general. Ferguson said she worked as a reporter before studying law at the University of Washington and then working in the attorney general’s licensing division and at the PDC.

“As a journalism major and former reporter, my history of supporting open government predates my law practice,” Krier said in a statement. “I have both a historical perspective on the need for open government and a practical understanding of the current challenge that open government efforts present.”

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