Arrow-right Camera
The Spokesman-Review Newspaper

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper The Spokesman-Review

Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
Partly Cloudy Night 51° Partly Cloudy
News >  Spokane

Inslee picks Spokane County prosecutor to fill Superior Court judge vacancy

UPDATED: Tue., April 11, 2017

Gov. Jay Inslee appointed Spokane County prosecutor Tony Hazel to the Spokane County Superior Court Tuesday, filling the seat left vacant by the late Sam Cozza, who died unexpectedly in January.

In a news release posted to the governor’s website, Inslee praised Hazel’s background as a seasoned trial attorney and his “impressive work implementing more efficient and expedient tools such as the Early Case Resolution Program, which allows people charged with certain crimes to plead guilty and resolve their cases at the time of their arraignment.

“His evident passion for justice and reform efforts will benefit the entire community,” Inslee wrote in the release.

Hazel, who has worked as a county prosecutor since 2004, previously worked for the Yakima County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, according to a governor’s news release. He has served on the Spokane County Bar Association since 2012 and was elected president of the association in 2014. He received the Salvation Army’s “Making Spokane Better” award in 2012.

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper

Local journalism is essential.

Give directly to The Spokesman-Review's Northwest Passages community forums series -- which helps to offset the costs of several reporter and editor positions at the newspaper -- by using the easy options below. Gifts processed in this system are not tax deductible, but are predominately used to help meet the local financial requirements needed to receive national matching-grant funds.

Active Person

Subscribe to the Coronavirus newsletter

Get the day’s latest Coronavirus news delivered to your inbox by subscribing to our newsletter.