Flags in Walla Walla County to be lowered in honor of former Sheriff Mike Humphreys


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WALLA WALLA — Flags at Walla Walla County offices will be flown at half-staff Tuesday through Thursday in honor of former Sheriff Mike Humphreys, who died last week.

Some county offices will also be minimally staffed or closed to allow employees to attend the memorial services for Humphreys, which will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Blue Mountain Community Church, 928 Sturm Ave., in Walla Walla.


pdywgn 1 year, 8 months ago

I find it kind of hard to believe that the Governor approved the former sheriff having the flag flown at half staff for three days when a sitting congressman rates two days.

Apparently U.S. Flag Code has been revised to allow The President, The Mayor of Washington D.C., The Governor of a State and Walla Walla County Commissioners to order the flag to half staff.

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clarkfamily89 1 year, 8 months ago

The article does not say that the Governor asked for the flag to be lowered and counties have the authority to chose to lower there flags. I will include that protocol for you at the end of this. Whether you liked M. Humphreys or not he served this county for a long time and he deserves the respect of this county. A comment like this can be very hurtful to his family and friends who are grieving his loss and there are many.

Policies on When to Lower Flag to Half-Mast

A city or county has the authority to decide to fly the U.S. flag at half-mast within its jurisdiction when it deems it to be appropriate. Washington local governments tend to follow their own custom when it comes to lowering the flag to half-mast to honor various persons. Some local government jurisdictions only lower flags to half-mast when federal or state governments do so, while others show respect to the passing of local personages that may have made a significant civic contribution or died while in the service to their country or local government. It is suggested that local governments consider consulting with their local American Legion or other federally chartered patriotic organizations (36 U.S.C. Subtitle II, Part B) when establishing a half-mast policy. Veterans groups often have strong views regarding flag protocol, and variations from standard procedures are sometimes met with strenuous objections. The examples listed below represent a variety of examples from across the country. If any Washington cities or counties have an existing policy or develop a policy, MRSC would appreciate receiving a copy.


harris 1 year, 8 months ago

Classy pdywgn, not only have you demonstrated you ignorance but also your heartlessness. The man that you have made snide comments about has family and friends that are grieving his loss.


chicoli 1 year, 8 months ago

Mike was my friend. We attended many Rotary meetings together, was always willing to help others at all times without exeptions. He had enough friends to give him a dignified, honorable farewell.


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