Mark Ericks resigned from the state Legislature last week and began his new job today as U.S. Marshal for the Western District of Washington.
Ericks, a former police chief in Bothell, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Aug. 5 and sent a letter of resignation to Gov. Chris Gregoire five days later. His last day as a lawmaker was Sept. 7.
“It has been an honor and privilege to serve the people of the 1st Legislative District, and the State of Washington, during my six years in the Legislature. I look forward to continuing to serve the citizens of our State in my new role as i begin my 40th year of public service,” he wrote in the letter.
Ericks was first elected in 2004 and won two additional terms. He served as the vice chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee and the House Finance Committee.
After getting nominated for the marshal’s job in 2009, he chose not to seek re-election in anticipation of getting the new job. As a result, his seat will be unfilled until his term expires at the end of this year.
Democrat Luis Moscoso and Republican Heidi Munson are competing in the November election to succeed Ericks in 2011.