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Auburn Councilmember John Holman Appointed by Governor to Serve on Forensic Investigation Council

John HolmanAuburn councilmember John Holman has been appointed by Washington State Governor Chris Gregoire to the Forensic Investigations Council. His 4-year term began on Aug. 24. The Forensic Investigations Council oversees the state toxicology laboratory at the University of Washington; studies and recommends improvements in the death investigation system; and reports the findings to the Legislature.

The council is made up of one representative from each of the following: county coroner; county prosecutor; county prosecutor who also serves as ex-officio county coroner; county medical examiner; county sheriff; a chief of police; and a pathologist who is currently in private practice. Two representatives from each of the following: county legislative authority; and city legislative authority.

“I look forward to serving in this position and am committed to giving the people of Washington my best effort,” said Councilmember Holman upon his acceptance of the Governor’s appointment. “At its core forensic science is about delivering truth and clarity to the process of justice.”

Holman retired after a 31 year career in law enforcement with the Port of Seattle. He grew up in Auburn, graduated from Auburn High, and attended Green River Community College before transferring to Central Washington University in Ellensburg. His degree is in Sociology with minors in Education and Psychology.

Holman has also served as an International Police Liaison Officer in Baghdad, Iraq in 2004 and 2005. There his task was to assist the Chief of the Bagdad Province Police in establishing a modern administration for a 26,000 member force. He has served on the Washington State Boundary Review Board for five years. John currently serves on the Green River Community College’s Foundation Board and is a member of the Auburn Rotary club.

Holman began his service on the Auburn City Council in January 2012 where he is a member of the Planning & Community Development Committee and is vice chair of the Finance Committee.

He and his wife Arlista were married in 1978, have made a home and raised two children in Auburn.