Prosecutor requests to contract outside attorney to help with workload

ASOTIN, WA - The Asotin County Commission approved a request by the prosecutor to contract an outside attorney, in a move aimed to restructure the heavy workload.

Prosecutor Ben Nichols requested a contractual agreement for $65,000 to hire an attorney to handle a portion of felony cases over the next year. Nichols can then focus on child dependency cases, historically covered by the Department of Social and Health Services.

"It would be a flat rate stretched out over the twelve months, would be strictly tied to the contract," said Asotin County Prosecutor Ben Nichols.

Nichols said if they decide not to renew the contract, the position would die. He said they're working to cut down the case lengths to minimize caseload as well.