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Olson gets an unexpected appointment

Last week, we received an unexpected announcement from Gov. Jay Inslee. The news release included a list of appointments to various state boards and councils. Included in the appointments was Clark County Councilor Julie Olson, who now has a seat on Forensic Investigation Council.

According to the council’s website, the council oversees and helps set policies for the Forensic Laboratory Services Bureau in consultation with the chief of the Washington State Patrol. The council also makes recommendations on improvements to the death investigation system in Washington and reports its findings to the Legislature.

So how did Olson get appointed to the council? Does she quietly moonlight as a private eye?

“You have discovered my secret,” said Olson, jokingly in a text. “Actually, I saw that the position was open and I love science (my education and background). I love problem solving. I looked at it as an opportunity to use my science background as well as the added knowledge I have due to my family involvement law-enforcement.”

She said the offices the council oversees are facing “significant resource challenges,” which she hopes to help solve.

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