Rep. Mark Ericks, D-Bothell, is in Washington, D.C. today for what may be the final step leading to an appointment as the region’s next U.S. Marshal.
Ericks is undergoing interviews as part of an extensive vetting of his personal and professional lives by federal officials on behalf of President Barack Obama.
The former Bothell police chief is seeking the presidential appointment to run operations of the U.S. Marshals Service in Snohomish, Island and 17 other counties in Western Washington.
Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., submitted Ericks’ name to the president in May 2009. Ericks is reportedly the only name she turned in for consideration.
Ericks would replace Joe Hawe as marshal in the Western District, which is headquartered in Seattle and operates from the Oregon border north to Canada and east to the Cascades
Meanwhile, in Olympia, the absence of Ericks likely means the House won’t be taking decisive votes on a budget and a tax package until he returns Friday.