Life Issues / Family Ethics Political Action Committee of Southwest Washington

Josie Townsend (R)
Candidate for
Clark County
Prosecuting Attorney

  Campaign Website  


Josephine C. Townsend
211 E. 11th Street


, WA 98660



Summary of Professional Qualifications


Five years of experience as an Administrative Law Judge for the Department of Licensing, assigned to traffic matters. These include a high volume caseload where it is required to prepare your own findings of fact and conclusions of law.  Decisions rendered must be issued in writing within 30 days of the hearing.  Over twenty years of supervisory experience including the oversight of criminal attorneys assigned to a heavy trial caseload; exercised command and control of police officers during critical incidents; experienced mediator and arbitrator in consumer law, small claims, lemon law and community conflict situations; private attorney with large concentration on guardian ad litem and family law casework.  Professor of Law and Human Resource classes;  Adult Degree Program Satellite Coordinator.  Assistant Zone Commander of the New York State Police whose duties oversaw internal affairs investigations and complaints against personnel.




         Conduct hearings to review and decide issues  regarding licensing, suspension, revocation and cancellation of driver licenses.

         Confer with individuals or organizations involved in cases in order to obtain relevant information.

         Determine existence and amount of liability for fraudulent applications by drivers, according to current laws, administrative and judicial precedents, and available evidence.

         Explain to Appellants how they can appeal rulings that go against them.

         Issue subpoenas and administer oaths in preparation for formal hearings.

         Monitor and direct the activities of  hearings to ensure that they are conducted fairly and that courts administer justice while safeguarding the legal rights of all involved parties.

         Prepare written opinions and decisions.

         Determine the acceptance or rejection of claims or compromise settlements according to laws, regulations, policies, and precedent decisions.

         Research and analyze laws, regulations, policies, and precedent decisions to prepare for hearings and to determine conclusions.

         Review and evaluate data on documents such as claim applications, birth or death certificates, police reports, collision reports, and physician or employer records.

         Rule on exceptions, motions, and admissibility of evidence.

            Conduct studies of appeals procedures  ensure adherence to legal requirements and to facilitate determination of cases.




         Supervisor of attorneys and staff assigned to criminal prosecution division

         Human resource trainer

         Supervisor of state police installations and all assigned personnel

         Mentoring and Developing teams specialist

         Recruitment and retention manager

         Progressive discipline policy developer

         Investigator of personal complaints (internal affairs)



  • Trial attorney with heavy District Court caseload
  • Appellate attorney for criminal appeals
  • Mediator/arbitrator for small claims, conflict resolution, employment matters
  • Lemon law and small claims arbitrator
  • Expert in interviewing and depositions



  • Experienced mediator and trainer
  • Lemon Law and Consumer Law Arbitrator
  • EEOC and employment law mediator
  • Developed mediation manual for community mediation program



  • Law and Ethics Professor at Warner Pacific College
  • Instructor for police subjects in State Police Academy
  • Instructor in criminal law for Clark County Sheriff’s Academy
  • Instructor for mediator certification
  • Frequent instructor for continuing legal instruction (CLE) in ethics, Department of Licensing matters, CDL Federal Law, Guardian Ad Litem certification trainer
  • Satellite Coordinator – Supervise teachers of adult education in 37 locations, focusing on GED and ESL;
  • Develop and write curriculum in law classes, ethics, GAL, Human Resources,  GED, ESL and Displaced Homemaker programs
  • Select, mentor and evaluate adjunct instructors


Advice and Analysis

  • Verbal and written legal advice to various City departments including police and fire departments
  • Legal opinions regarding police search and seizure, use of force and tort defense
  • Evaluation of program content and budgeting of grant proposals for non-profit foundations
  • Human resource consultant
  • Grant writer
  • Case Management software consultant


Document Preparation


  • Legal Opinions, findings of fact and conclusions of law
  • Appellate Brief Writer
  • Drafting and implementation of City Ordinances and policies
  • Developer of strategic business plans, employee manuals, and grant proposals
  • Developer of lesson plans for internal and external training
  • Developer and trainer in performance appraisals
  • Developer of policy manuals and HR generalist documentation



Legal Employment


State of Washington, Department of Licensing – Administrative Law Judge 2006 to March 2012


Guardian Ad Litem – 2005 to present –  Title 26, assigned to family court matters in Clark County


Private Practice, (Vancouver, Washington, Present).  General Practitioner.


City of Vancouver, Vancouver, Washington, 2002 –  3/2005 (City Prosecutor, Assistant City Attorney)

         Recipient of outstanding leadership award for City of Vancouver 2003


City of Utica, Utica, New York, 1998 – 2002 (Municipal Law Associate, consultant)


Non-Legal Employment



Warner Pacific College,  Portland, Oregon, 2006 to present

Adjunct Instructor – Ethics, Law and Human Resources classes


Human Resource Consulting, Syracuse, New York, 1996 – 2002,  (Private HR consultant, instructor, and grant writer)


Empire State College, Utica, New York , 2000 – 2002, (College Adjunct Instructor)


New York State Police, Syracuse, New York,  1983 – 2002  (Trooper, Sergeant, Station Commander, Affirmative Action Officer, Field Training Officer, Assistant Zone Commander)  Recipient of Governor’s award for service at 9-1-1 and the World Trade Center Disaster


United States Army, Veteran of Foreign Wars, Bosnia, 1996,  (Civil Affairs)

  • Recipient of Expeditionary Medal





Juris Doctor, Syracuse University College of Law, Syracuse, New York (2001)

  • Graduate Assistant – Mediation Assistance Program
  • Vice President – Non-traditional student’s organization


Master of Arts, with honors,  Human Resource Management,  Chapman University, Orange,  California (1997)

  • GPA 3.85
  • Completed degree while working full time


Bachelor of Arts, Public Administration, Empire State College, State University of New York, Albany, New York (1992)


Continuing Education


Conducting Fair and Impartial Hearings – National Judicial College

High Volume Caseload Management – National Judicial College

Commercial Vehicle Federal Law -  Instructor – National Judicial College

Evidence for Judges – National Judicial College

Guardian Ad Litem – Title 26 – Instructor for Certification

Appellate Practice, National College of District Attorneys, Columbia, SC

Prosecuting the Impaired Driver, National College of District Attorneys, Columbia, SC

Managing High Conflict Family Law Cases – National Judicial College

Investigation of Personnel Complaints New York State Police

Investigation/Disposition of Judicial Complaints -  Commission on Judicial Conduct



         National Association of Adjudicative Agencies

         Washington Women Lawyers

         Clark County Bar Association CLE committee

         Past Chair, Washington State Bar Association Criminal Section

         Past Executive Board member, Solo Practice Section of WSBA

         Mock trial facilitator, Clark County Bar Association

         Chair, Clark County Continuing Education Committee

         Former Member, Washington State Commission on Judicial Conduct

         Member, Society of Human Resource Professionals  (SHRM)

         Mediator, Vancouver Community Mediation Services

         Licensed Notary


Bar Membership


         Admitted to practice in the State of Washington and Oregon

         Admitted to Federal practice for Western District of Washington