Earling hopes to fill Edmonds Municipal Court vacancy by early December

Linda Coburn
Linda Coburn has applied for appointment to the now-vacant Edmonds Municipal Court Judge position.

Now that Edmonds Municipal Court Judge Doug Fair has won election to South County District Judge Position 3, Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling will soon begin the process to appoint Fair’s replacement.

The deadline for those interested in filling the remainder of Fair’s four-year term — he was re-elected to his Municipal Court post in 2013 — is Nov. 12. According to Mayor Dave Earling, a panel will review applicants Nov. 13, and candidate interviews are scheduled for Nov. 25.

Earling will then interview recommended candidate(s) and present his choice to the council for confirmation, with the goal of completing the process by early December.

One applicant who has already thrown her hat into the ring is Linda W.Y. Coburn, a Snohomish County public defender, long-time Edmonds resident and former journalist,

Coburn, 50, currently is an attorney with the Snohomish County Public Defenders Association, where she has managed both misdemeanor and felony caseloads. She has been a law clerk to Court of Appeals Judge Stephen Dwyer and Snohomish County Superior Court Judge George Bowden. Coburn also has served as a judge pro tem in the Edmonds court.

Coburn earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Washington and a master’s of science degree in journalism from Ohio University. After working as a reporter and editor for the Seattle Times, she returned to law school and graduated with honors from Seattle University, where she also served as Special Edition Editor on Law Review.

Coburn is a member of the Washington State and Snohomish County bar associations, as well as the Asian Bar Association of Washington, the Washington Defender Association and the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Coburn is a trained volleyball referee and baseball umpire. She previously volunteered as a volleyball coach at Madrona K-8 School and was an umpire for Pacific Little League for several years. She is currently a certified official with the Snohomish County Board of Volleyball Officials. She has been active in the local parks and recreation program for decades. She started the popular Women’s Fours volleyball league in the City of Edmonds.

She resides in the Maplewood area with her husband Douglas Coburn.

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