Director Roger Rogoff
Governor Jay Inslee appointed Roger Rogoff as the first director of OII on June 16, 2022, following the recommendation of the OII Advisory Board.
Roger is first director for the agency, which the legislature created OII in 2021 to provide independent, civilian-led investigations of police use of deadly force. As director, Roger will serve a three-year term and is responsible for overseeing the duties and functions of the agency, including its investigations.
Before his appointment, Roger spent most of his career in the criminal justice system, serving as a prosecutor, defense attorney and judge in Washington state. He has served on both the Criminal Justice Reform Task Force and Sentencing Guidelines Commission.
Roger was a senior deputy prosecutor in the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for more than a decade. He served in seven different units, handled appeals, and tried more than 100 felony cases to verdict, including persistent offender, sexual assault, domestic violence, and homicide cases.
For seven years, Roger was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office where he investigated and prosecuted violations of federal criminal law. He worked with federal agents to use investigative tools to disrupt and dismantle interstate and international criminal organizations and led complex cases involving wiretaps, electronic investigations, and cybercrimes.
Roger spent seven years as a King County Superior Court judge, presiding over cases in criminal, civil, juvenile, involuntary commitment, and family courts. During his three years in juvenile court, he immersed himself in the inequities of the system, driving thoughtful reform and collaborating with the community to build better paths to recovery for kids.
Most recently, Roger spent 18 months at Microsoft, working as a senior corporate counsel on data privacy and security issues.
He received his law degree from the University of Washington School of Law and has a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies from Emory College.