County sheriff to visit the island, discuss drug houses, crime

King County Sheriff John Urquhart is slated to visit the Vashon-Maury Island Community Council’s general meeting Monday night, where he’s expected to discuss islanders’ concerns about drug houses, crime and methamphetamine use on Vashon.

The meeting is the first one to be held under VMICC’s new bylaws, passed last month, which eliminated the use of Robert’s Rules of Order and replaced it with a town hall-style of community engagement.

VMICC leaders hope the new meeting structure will result in more collaborative and free-flowing discussions. They decided to bring Urquhart to their first meeting under the new format in the hope of drawing a lot of people and providing a forum for an important island discussion.

“We’re trying to get started with a bang,” said Tim Johnson, VMICC’s president. The new format, he added, “will provide an opportunity to see if we can engage in civil discourse.”

Urquhart was elected as the new sheriff in November. Prior to that, he acted as the spokesman for the law enforcement agency.

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday at McMurray Middle School. Islanders are encouraged to email questions to VMICC’s clerk Max Slade at


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