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June 2, 2009 at 5:28 PM

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Carr gets Pflaumer, Judge Carroll endorsements in Seattle city attorney race

Posted by Emily Heffter

Two former auditors of the Seattle Office of Professional Accountability Review Board have endorsed incumbent City Attorney Tom Carr, according to a press release Carr sent out today.

Carr's opponent, bankruptcy attorney Pete Holmes, decided to run because of frustration with Carr during their work together on the OPA board, which Holmes used to chair.

The OPA board is a citizen review board that monitors the work of the OPA, which investigates policer misconduct. Seattle police oversight includes an auditor, director and the citizen board. The auditor examines the board and director's work, and reviews records for thoroughness, fairness and timeliness.

The auditor can also recommend the OPA director look into something further.

During Holmes' tenure on the board, Carr and Holmes clashed over the release of OPA reports.

Here's the text of Carr's press release:

Tom Carr endorsed by former auditors for Office of Professional Accountability Review Board as he gets set to file for re-election
Carr's opponent chaired OPARB

Seattle, WA. On the eve of his filing the Declaration of Candidacy for his re-election to Seattle City Attorney, Tom Carr announced today that he has received the endorsement of Judge Terry Carroll and former US Attorney Kate Pflaumer. Carroll and Pflaumer served as the first two auditors of the Office of Professional Accountability Review Board, an organization formed by the city council in 1999 to review allegations of police misconduct. During their respective terms, the Chairman of the OPARB was Pete Holmes, Carr's opponent for the Office of City Attorney. Carr will file his Declaration online on Wednesday, June 3, 2009.

"I have worked with Pete Holmes, and I have worked with Tom Carr," said Pflaumer. "The Seattle City Attorney is the third-highest elected legal position in the State of Washington. I am endorsing Tom Carr because this job requires someone with significant prosecutorial experience. Tom has that experience. "

Judge Carroll was appointed to the King County Superior Court in 1980 and served until 1992. From 1974 to 1980, he was in private practice with prior experience as a deputy prosecutor and public defender. He was the first OPARB auditor.

Kate Pflaumer, a former prosecutor, was appointed US Attorney in 1993, serving for 8 years. She was the second OPARB auditor. Her service as US Attorney was praised for reducing violent crime as well as ground-breaking work on computer fraud.

Rising out of childhood poverty in the Bronx, a family of six living in a one-bedroom apartment, Tom witnessed hardship and opportunity that eventually led him to provide compassionate justice in the City of Seattle, following his service as the Assistant US Attorney in East New York. The son of an alcoholic father, tragically killed in a drunken fall, Carr developed understanding and empathy for the social problems and illnesses that plague so many of Seattle's repeat offenders. Carr's Community Court was honored as one of only three Mentor Court in the United States by the Obama Administration's Department of Justice.

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