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Clerk’s job cut effects court sessions in Asotin County Superior Court

Clerk’s job cut effects court sessions in Asotin County Superior Court
ASOTIN, WA - The $33.6 billion Washington state operating budget narrowly passed Monday morning saving thousands of state jobs from across the state at risk of layoffs.

But some, like those in the Asotin County clerks office, weren't as lucky. The budget cut an $11,000 job that supplies an office clerk for the county. Clerk Marie Eggert said without the extra individual they won't be able to have Asotin County Superior Court in session on Thursdays and Fridays.

"It's very important I can't stress that enough," said Eggert. "We don't just do courtroom work, we are also in charge of a lot of work where you never see courtroom action."

Eggert asked the Asotin County Commissioners for a budget amendment to pay the clerk until the end of the year, where they'll have to figure out a new plan like hiring an intern. But the commissioners argued they didn't have the funds in place to approve the change.

Eggert and the commissioners are returning to the table next Monday to see if they can keep the position without pulling from the reserve fund, which commissioner Fuller and Shinn said are essentially non-existent.
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