Thurston County and John Snaza, Thurston County Sheriff v. Cities of Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater, Yelm and Intervenor Tenino, Thurston County Superior Court Cause No. 16-2-04768-34.  On behalf of all of the cities in Thurston County, Kenyon Disend obtained summary judgment dismissing Thurston County’s lawsuit in which the county sought payment (including more than $250,000 in back payments) for medical costs for felony inmates housed at the Thurston County Jail. 

In a case of first impression that will impact every Washington city after resolution of the county’s appeal, the KD team crafted a successful argument based on principles of statutory construction and legislative intent.