Courthouse may have TV role

Also commissioners accept retirement letter from Spatz

Grays Harbor County once again seems likely to be featured in a national television program.

Few details are available, but Grays Harbor County Commissioners approved an agreement allowing the Oxygen Network to use the Grays Harbor County Courthouse to film a segment for a new production titled “The Price of Duty.”

According to a write up by The Hollywood Reporter, “The Price of Duty” is “a look at the most haunting cases of homicide detectives’ careers. Each episode takes viewers on an emotional rollercoaster ride to the front lines of the investigation, retracing their first steps on the crime scene to the final bust and the emotional aftermath that they still carry today.”

The television crew will be at the courthouse Aug. 9-13.

Oxygen Network did not respond to a request for comment before The Vidette went to press.

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At Tuesday’s meeting, the commissioners also approved a policy for electronic payment, and the commissioners officially accepted the pending Aug. 31 retirement of longtime county Auditor Vern Spatz.

County Treasurer Ken Albert asked the commissioners to approve a policy that allows all county departments to accept electronic payments, including credit and debit cards.

The policy recommends the adoption of a “convenience fee,” a fee that helps the vendor (in this case the county) recover costs associated with electronic payment.

A fee has not been set and must be approved by the county Treasurer before another department can charge a fee.

“This is a good step toward the future,” Commissioner Randy Ross said. “This will speed up the process, I would hope.”

Many departments within Grays Harbor County already accept electronic payment. The action taken by the commissioners only sets a policy for the county as a whole.

The commissioners also approved a resolution appointing Melinda Raihl as acting county auditor upon Spatz’s retirement.

Raihl currently is the chief deputy auditor.

Spatz’s retirement letter was accepted by the commissioners through the consent agenda. In his letter, he recommended the appointment of Raihl as the county waits to appoint a replacement.

Spatz first took office in 1989, and he now has held that position for some 28 years.

“Serving the public, and other county offices, is the reason our office exists. I take satisfaction knowing during my tenure the Auditor’s Office has successfully provided the best possible customer service, given the resources available,” Spatz wrote in his letter to the commissioners. “I thank the citizens of Grays Harbor for allowing me the opportunity to serve them as their County Auditor.”