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Mason County Chief Public Defender Peter Jones advised commissioners on a huge budget increase his office will be seeking in 2025 and got preliminary approval to pursue contract attorneys at the May 20 briefing.

Jones said “to continue to operate” at current levels, the public defender’s office will seek over a half a million dollar increase in its budget next year.

“That has a total budget impact of almost $580,000. I figured before we got to the budget I would present that to you and let you know,” Jones said.

The commissioners signed off on the contracts, allowing Jones to negotiate with at...


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