Joe McDermott Named Chair Of County Council’s Budget Committee

King County Councilman Joe McDermott was selected by the King County Council as chairman of the Budget and Fiscal Management Committee.

McDermott, whose District 8 includes North Highline and Burien, will lead the county council’s 2013 budget deliberations.

“Tough choices and a true commitment to reforming county government have placed the County on sound financial footing,” McDermott said. “Sound fiscal management will continue to be my priority as budget chair.”

The Budget Committee maintains oversight of the current year’s budget, and is the lead decision-making body during the adoption of the 2013 budget.

“Unfortunately, the county’s coffers will be facing many challenges this year as cuts from the state are absorbed. In all likelihood, we will be forced to make many more tough choices,” McDermott said.

McDermott joined the King County Council in 2010 after serving nearly a decade in the state Legislature. He was a Senior Budget Analyst with the Seattle School District and worked for former Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney John Ladenburg.

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