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Treacy, Millett hired as city prosecutors
MARYSVILLE — Al Treacy and Jennifer Millett were recently hired as prosecutors for the city of Marysville because of the city's growing needs, but they chose to come to Marysville because of how much the city has retained its small-town feel.
Both Treacy and Millett served as deputy prosecutors for the Snohomish County Prosecutor's Office in Everett — Treacy starting in January of 2006, and Millett in December of 2003 — before coming to Marysville. Both left the county prosecutor's office in December of last year. For Treacy, Marysville represents a return to a town more like the ones he called home before coming to Washington, and for Millett, Marysville is already a part of the community that she considers her home.
"I lived in Alaska for 10 years before I moved to Seattle," said Treacy, who earned his law degree from the Seattle University School of Law in May of 2005, and graduated Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Alaska in Juneau. "There are about 36,000 people in Juneau. A small town feels less chaotic."
"I live just south of Marysville," said Millett, who earned her law degree, as well as a bachelor’s degree in history, from Gonzaga University in 2000. "My husband is a Naval reservist, so I come up here to the Naval support station all the time. I have a vested interest in helping law enforcement make things better here. It's an exciting opportunity, to be part of a growing community."
Treacy also worked in the city of Bothell Prosecutor’s Office starting in May of 2004. Compared to his subsequent years of working in the county prosecutor's office, he found that he preferred working with smaller numbers of individuals and agencies, as well with as a smaller caseload. To his mind, this allowed him to develop closer, more personal relationships with the city's mayor, police department and other stake-holders, something that he and Millett have both enjoyed being able to do in Marysville.
"I'd developed a strong relationship with the Tulalip Tribes before, and I look forward to continuing that here," said Treacy, who served in the U.S. Army prior to his legal career, as a helicopter crew chief and assistant platoon sergeant in Hanau, Germany, and in Ft. Lewis, until receiving an honorable discharge in August of 1990. "Besides, as the county struggles with its finances, its courthouse is getting smaller. Here, we have an opportunity to start building a prosecutor's office from the ground floor."
Millett, who served for three years as a law clerk in the Snohomish County and Spokane County superior courts, echoed Treacy's enthusiasm for developing the city of Marysville Prosecutor's Office "from the bottom floor," as well as assisting the city's police and courts. The two new prosecutors work under the supervision of Marysville City Attorney Grant Weed, and are responsible for prosecuting criminal misdemeanor cases, traffic infractions, criminal violations of city ordinances and other actions brought before the municipal court.