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KITTITAS COUNTY <br />Board of County Commissioners <br /> <br />AGENDA STAFF REPORT <br /> <br />AGENDA DATE: July 7, 2015 <br /> <br />ACTION REQUESTED: Deny Claim of Steven Orozco (#2015-05-150-043) <br /> <br /> <br />BACKGROUND: The claimant, Steven Orozco, alleges in the above referenced claim <br />that on January 3, 2015 he was arrested by the Yakima Police <br />Department for violation of a Order for Protection by the Kittitas <br />County Superior Court which prohibited contact with his children. <br />Claimant alleges the “no such (protection) order exists” and that the <br />arrest was the result of information entered incorrectly by the Kittitas <br />County Clerk, or an employee of Kittitas County, in the case number <br />covering the Order for Protection. Claimant alleges that he spent eight <br />days in jail prior to release on bail. Claimant alleges that the <br />complaint for violation of the Order for Protection was dismissed by <br />the municipal court of the City of Yakima. <br /> <br />INTERACTION: Claimant filed a claim for damages with the County, alleging a total <br />of $50,000.00 in damages for loss of wages, bail money, unlawful <br />arrest, unlawful imprisonment, and intentional infliction of emotional <br />distress. No documentation supporting the claimed damages was <br />submitted. <br /> <br />Information regarding this claim from the Office of the Kittitas <br />County Clerk was requested and received. <br /> <br />The Clerk’s Office, upon investigation of this matter, maintains that <br />no errors were committed in processing the Order for Protection at <br />issue and that all steps were completed in an orderly, timely, and <br />efficient manner. In summary, the Clerk’s Office explains that this <br />matter began with a Temporary Order for Protection from the Upper <br />Kittitas County District Court prohibiting the claimant from contact <br />with the petitioner of the Temporary Order (the “petitioner”) and the <br />children named in the Temporary Order. This matter was then <br />transferred to the Kittitas County Superior Court, following the <br />petitioner’s request for an Order for Protection. The Kittitas County <br />Superior Court signed an Order for Protection prohibiting the <br />claimant from contact with the petitioner only. The Clerk’s Office <br />then faxed the Order for Protection and Access Entry sheet to the <br />appropriate law enforcement agency for entry, KITTCOM (Kittitas <br />County 911). The Clerk’s Office received confirmation from the law <br />enforcement agency that the materials submitted were received. <br /> <br />Consistent with the Clerk’s Office response, the Prosecutor’s Office <br />recommends denial of this claim. A review of the materials submitted