The Grays Harbor County Commissioners appointed Chief Deputy Prosecutor Gerald Fuller as interim prosecutor Monday afternoon, the Prosecutor’s Office confirmed.
The appointment took effect as Prosecutor Stew Menefee finished his last day in office. Menefee has served as county prosecutor for 26 years, and said in September “it was just time” to retire.
“I looked down the road to try and figure out, ‘Why wait?’ And there simply wasn’t a reason,” Menefee said.
Fuller has said he’s not interested in the position of county prosecutor on a permanent basis, but was willing to fill in until the commissioners appoint someone to fill the rest of Menefee’s term, ending in 2014.
The Grays Harbor Democrats expect to compile a list of three candidates to provide to the commissioners Thursday evening at their monthly meeting. So far, only two candidates have expressed interest: Current Senior Deputy Prosecutor Katie Svoboda and former Prosecutor and Superior Court Judge Mike Spencer, currently in private practice in Aberdeen.
The Democrats’ meeting is set for 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, at the Polish Club Hall, 823 W 1st St., Aberdeen.