The Grays Harbor Superior Court Judge stabbed by a suspect Friday was the chairman of a committee formed to bolster security at the courthouse where he was attacked.
Judge Dave Edwards chaired the committee consisting of various members of Grays Harbor County employees, including fellow judges, county commissioners, as well as members of law enforcement, the prosecutor's office, the clerk's office and courthouse maintenance staff.
According to Grays Harbor County Commissioner Terry Willis, it was Edwards who initially raised the issue of security at the courthouse with county commissioners and sought to improve it.
Willis said committee members wrote out a comprehensive plan for security, and the first phase of the plan was scheduled to be implemented this year. Initial security improvements included door locks that require entry codes on courtrooms, judges' chambers, and staff offices.
However, Willis said funding was not yet available for the improvements.
At this time, there are no metal detectors or court security personnel posted at the entrances to the courthouse.
Edwards was also part of a lawsuit filed against Grays Harbor County in relation to budget cuts.
Edwards and Grays Harbor Sheriff's Deputy Polly Davin were treated for non-life-threatening wounds and released late Friday afternnon.