Inslee appoints Roger Rogoff as the director of the Office of Independent Investigations

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Governor Jay Inslee has announced Roger Rogoff as the director of the Office of Independent Investigations. This is the first agency of its kind to be implemented in the United States.

The group was created with the hopes of providing more unbiased, competent and thorough investigations when police use deadly force, particularly when involving people of color. These investigations will be independent of the law enforcement agency involved.

Rogoff previously worked for Microsoft’s legal council working with data privacy and public safety. Previously serving as a judge in King County Superior Court, Rogoff has over 27 years of experience in the criminal justice system, including roles as a senior deputy prosecuting attorney with the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for 13 years,  an assistant U.S. attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for six years and a criminal defense attorney for two years.

Rogoff was also part of the Washington State Criminal Justice Task Force, which reviewed sentencing laws in the state and provided suggestions for improvements.

Rogoff received his law degree from the University of Washington School of Law.

His first day on the job will be June 16.