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Gov. Gregoire Appoints Dave Needy Skagit County Superior Court Judge

For Immediate Release: January 18, 2006

OLYMPIA – Governor Chris Gregoire today announced the appointment of Skagit County Superior Court Commissioner, Dave Needy of Mt. Vernon, to the Skagit County Superior Court effective January 20, 2006.

“Dave Needy’s integrity, intelligence, and sound judgment, will serve him well on the bench,” said Governor Gregoire. “One of my top priorities is making high quality judicial appointments such as Dave’s.”

“As commissioner, Dave has always been well respected by all who appeared in his court and, regardless of the result, all who entered his courtroom felt they received a fair and full hearing under the law,” said Skagit County Superior Court Judge Susan Cook.

Mr. Needy was appointed Skagit County Superior Court Commissioner in 1997. He was appointed Skagit County Prosecutor in January 1993, won a special election later that year, and won reelection in 1994 to the same post. From 1985-1993, Mr. Needy served as Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor in the Skagit County Prosecutor’s Office. From 1981-1985, he was Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for Benton County.

He received the Campaign for Equal Justice Award in 2004, and the Skagit County Legal Assistant and Professionals Boss of the Year Award in 1999. Mr. Needy served as President of the Skagit/Mt. Vernon Rotary Club from 1997-1998, and has been a board member of Youth Dynamics since 1988.

Mr. Needy received his Juris Doctorate from the Willamette University School of Law in 1980, and his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Washington in 1976. He is married to Tina Needy. They have two adult children: Erik, who lives and works in Mt. Vernon, and Greg, a first year student at Skagit Valley Community College. The Needy family attends Crossroads Covenant Church of Mt. Vernon.