Federal Way Municipal Judge Colleen Hartl has quit after seven months on the job, citing personal and health reasons.
The City of Federal Way said in a statement late Wednesday that Hartl resigned effective immediately.
Hartl, 46, began work as Federal Way’s second Municipal Court judge in May, appointed by City Manager Neal Beets.
In the city’s statement, Beets thanked Hartl for her “dedication, service and commitment to Federal Way.”
Hartl could not be reached for comment.
Prior to joining the Federal Way court, Hartl had been presiding Municipal Court judge in Des Moines since 2001 and the presiding judge for Normandy Park’s Municipal Court since 2004. A Federal Way resident, she has more than 18 years of experience in criminal and municipal law.
Hartl’s annual salary with the City of Federal Way was $127,520 – the same as the court’s other judge, Michael Morgan. The court handles misdemeanor cases.
Municipal Court judges are elected every four years. Hartl was appointed because the position was open during a term.
In January, pending City Council approval, Beets will begin searching for a successor to appoint for the remainder of Hartl’s term. Both seats will open for re-election in 2009.
Steve Maynard, The News Tribune