Prosecuting Attorney

Douglas J. Shae is the Chelan County Prosecuting Attorney.  He was elected to that position on November 5, 2013.  Prior to that election, Doug was appointed prosecutor by unanimous decision of the Chelan County Board of Commissioners effective August 1, 2012.  He has also served the citizens of Chelan County as a deputy prosecutor since 1989, and as the chief criminal deputy prosecutor since 1995.

Program Description

The Criminal Division of the Chelan County Prosecuting Attorney's Office prosecutes criminal actions (felony, gross misdemeanor, and misdemeanor) referred by law enforcement for Chelan County and for the State of Washington in the Chelan County Superior Court, Juvenile Court, District Court, the Washington State Court of Appeals, and the Washington State Supreme Court. The Prosecutor's Office handled over 3000 criminal matters in 2013.

The Civil Division of the Prosecuting Attorney's Office serves as legal advisor to the County Commissioners and all County departments and officials. This division represents the County in lawsuits brought by or against the County in all Federal courts, State courts, and administrative agencies. This division is also involved in preparing, reviewing, and approving County resolutions, ordinances, covenants and agreements.

The Support Enforcement Division of the Prosecuting Attorney's Office represents the children of Chelan County (and Douglas County by contract) in matters of parentage and to establish and enforce child support orders.

The Victim-Witness Assistance Division of the Prosecuting Attorney's Office provides services and support to Chelan County crime victims and witnesses in accordance with constitutional amendment and the Victims Bill of Rights. This division provides assistance in applying for victim's compensation, determines restitution in adult and juvenile felony cases, provides case status information to victims, educates victims and witnesses about the criminal justice system, and acts as a referral resource for other agencies.

Major Objectives

  • Provide consistent review of criminal referrals for decisions related to charging and disposition which will result in the maximum accountability for a defendant's criminal conduct given all the circumstances of the case.
  • Provide within the resources available maximum services for crime victims and witnesses.
  • In conjunction with the Department of Social and Health Services provide for the collection of child support and the determination of parentage.
  • Provide expertise and prosecution support services for the Columbia River Drug Task Force.
  • Provide sound and consistent advice with respect to civil matters including land use practices, zoning, and County risk management.

Revenue/Expenditure Comment

Most of the revenue to support the Prosecuting Attorney's Office comes from general County tax revenue through the Current Expense Fund. The Prosecutor's Office does receive some limited funds from the State from Criminal Justice Assistance monies. Some grant monies received are also available for Victim-Witness services. In addition, the Support Enforcement Division is fully funded through grants from the Federal government. The Prosecutor's Office also receives a grant to provide payment of a portion of the salaries of Deputy Prosecuting Attorneys who assist the Columbia River Drug Task Force. Further, the State pays one half of the salary of the elected Prosecuting Attorney.