Nick Force is a “deputy prosecutor” and does not have an Oath of Office on file with the Stevens County Auditor’s office as required by RCW 36.16.060. In fact “deputy prosecutor” Lloyd Nickel has had written a letter responding to a public records request in 2012 stating, “This is in response to your request dated September 5, 2012 and received by this office September 7, 2012. Mr. Rasmussen has asked me to respond to you that we can find no documents meeting the description(s) of this request. Our research has convinced us and at least one Superior Court Judge that deputies do not hold an “office” and therefore do not have “oaths of office”. Nor are deputies required to file bonds. Deputy Prosecuting attorneys are not state employees.” Now read RCW 36.16.060, in part “Oaths and bonds of deputies shall be filed in the offices in which the oaths and bonds of their principals are required to be filed.” So Stevens County Washington is full of people impersonating public officials including the prosecutor who’s Oath of Office is not FILED into the official public records of the County nor are they archived in Olympia.
Rasmussen is correct that since deputy officers are not elected county officials, RCW 36.16.060 does not apply.
The ruling Rasmussen refers to is likely the Supreme Court of WA affirmation of a Superior Court ruling:
Critical to the analysis and outcome of this issue is the specific language of RCW 41.56.030, the statute defining the term “public employee,” and RCW 36.27.040, the statute providing authority to an elected prosecutor to appoint deputies. RCW 41.56.030(2)(b) provides an exception to the definition of “public employee,” stating that a “public employee” is “any employee of a public employer except any person ․ (b) appointed to office pursuant to statute, ordinance or resolution for a specified term of office by the executive head or body of the public employer[.]” (Emphasis added). If the Deputy Prosecutors are not public employees, then the Act would have no application to them.