Jeff Baird, senior prosecuting attorney with the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, retired after decades of service to the residents of King County. His last day was April 30, and he was recently featured in a story in The Seattle Times.
Baird began working with the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office during the summers while a law student at the University of Washington in the late ‘70s. Since then, Jeff has spent his career working on the “something really horrible” cases, including the prosecution of three serial killers in Washington: Gary Ridgway, the Green River Killer; DeWayne Lee Harris, nicknamed “Chilly Willy”; and George Russell, dubbed, “The Charmer.”
Baird also started the office’s Most Dangerous Offender Program, and has worked side-by-side with investigation teams including forensic scientists, the medical examiner, and crime scene investigators since the program’s inception. MDOP prosecutors are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week in order to be present at every suspicious death scene in King County.
Sara Jean Green, staff reporter with the Seattle Times, wrote a great piece on Baird’s career Thursday.
King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg shared with Green, “(Jeff) has become, in our office, the guru of homicide prosecutors. He is a brilliant man and he has a disturbing insight into the criminal mind.”
Seattle Police Homicide Detective Rolf Norton also told Green of his own experience with Baird. “It’s not just prosecutors,” said Norton, “he has trained a generation of homicide detectives. Every detective in this county who has worked with Jeff is a better detective because of it.” Norton added, “Jeff Baird has just an impossible combination of genius, tenacity, compassion and humility. He’s always the smartest person in the room but he never wants anybody to know that.”
Thank you for your service, Jeff Baird!