Inslee names Appleton to state commission

OLYMPIA — State Rep. Sherry Appleton was appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee to a seat on the state Commission on Judicial Conduct.

This marks Appleton’s third term as a commissioner. She was named to the commission in 1995 by outgoing Gov. Mike Lowry, and was reappointed by his successor, Gov. Gary Locke, serving a total of eight years in her first stint.

According to the commission’s website, the commission “receive[s] and investigate[s] allegations of judicial misconduct.”  Commissioners “work to protect the integrity of the judicial process and promote public confidence in the courts. They also serve to improve and strengthen the judiciary by creating in judges a greater awareness of proper judicial behavior.”

“The effectiveness of our justice system depends to a great extent on the trust that citizens place in the men and women on the bench,” Appleton said in an announcement of her appointment. “Fortunately, that trust is justified most of the time, and our job as commissioners is to make sure of that.”

Appleton, a Poulsbo Democrat now in her fifth term representing Washington’s 23rd legislative district, is vice chairwoman of the House Committee on Community Development, Housing, and Tribal Affairs.  She also serves on the House Public Safety and Capital Budget panels.

She was appointed by Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton to serve on the state Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, is a member of the state Sentencing Guidelines Commission and chairwoman of the commission’s Juvenile Sentencing Committee.


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