Skagit County         (CLAIRE)


Phone: (360)416-1300
address: 1800 Continental Place Mount Vernon, WA 98273
Members: Three, Districts 1, 2 and 3
Term: Four years

When Elected: Districts 1 and 2: General Election 2016, 2020, etc.; District 3: General Election 2014, 2018, etc.

Duties: The County Commissioners' primary duty is to levy the taxes to operate the County and to adopt a balanced budget for each calendar year, including possible increases and variances, under the control of appointed department heads.
Also within their legislative capacity, the Commissioners are responsible for adopting, amending and repealing all County ordinances (which are essentially laws of the County).  These include traffic, zoning, planning and public safety ordinances, and any other ordinance concerning the general welfare of the County.

As administrators, County Commissioners are responsible for:

Commissioners serve on a variety of multi-county boards, state boards, and/or national committees, with other public officials and private citizens.

Commissioners are also responsible for appointing members of many County boards and commissions (for example, the Board of Equalization, and Civil Service Commission).

Meetings: The Board of Commissioners generally meets each Monday and Tuesday for regularly scheduled agenda items. The remainder of the week is spent with individual committee assignments and constituent appointments.
A weekly Public Comment Period is scheduled every Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. to give the general public an opportunity to present concerns or discuss areas of interest with all three Commissioners.

Agendas are available on the web site in the "Agenda" section. Or you may listen to a recorded agenda for the upcoming week by calling (360)416-1316.

Commissioner sessions may be viewed live on the County web site. They are also telecast live on Comcast, Channel 21, and Wave broadband, Channel 21.


Phone: (360)416-1780
Fax: (360)416-1790
Address: 700 South 2nd Street, Room 204 Mount Vernon, WA 98273
Term: Four years

Election Year: General Election 2014, 2018, etc.

Duties: The assessor acts as an agent for the Washington State Department of Revenue and is responsible for administering the property tax system for the county. This process involves establishing real and personal property values for distributing taxes for each tax district, as well as reviewing each tax district's budget request to assure all legal requirements and limitations are met. The assessor also administers and monitors compliance for recipients of tax benefit programs, such as the Senior Citizen and Disabled Exemption program and the various Current Use programs for properties used for agriculture, timber and open space.


Phone: (360)416-1700
Fax: (360)416-1698
Address: 700 South 2nd Street Mount Vernon, WA 98273
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1306 Administration Building, Room 201 Mount Vernon, WA 98273
Term: Four years

Election Year: General Election 2014, 2018, etc.

Duties: In Washington State the duties of the County Auditor embrace a wide range of services to the public, including:


Phone: (360)416-1800
Address: 205 West Kinkaid Street, Room 103 Mount Vernon, WA 98273
Term: Four Years

Elected: General Election 2014, 2018, etc.

Duties: The County Clerk is an Executive Branch position and is the administrative and financial officer of Superior Court. Specific functions include:


Phone: (360)416-1996
Address: 116 South 11th Street Mount Vernon, WA 98273
Term: Four years

Elected: General Election 2014, 2018, etc.

Duties: The primary purpose of the Skagit County Coroner's Office is to determine the cause and manner of death of persons who die suddenly, violently, or unexpectedly while in apparent good health within the geographic boundaries of the county.

The Coroner's Office responds to various death scenes, confirms identification, assists with autopsies and medical examinations, locates and notifies next of kin, reviews and certifies death certificates, and carries out any other requirements regarding deaths that fall under the jurisdiction of the Coroner.

The Skagit County Coroner's Office is instrumental in the investigation of a death as well as the prevention of deaths. The Coroner's Office works with community partners to adopt a proactive approach to reducing preventable deaths.
The Skagit County Coroner's Office works with NAMUS (National Missing and Unidentified Persons System) regarding unidentified, missing, and unclaimed cases that have fallen under the jurisdiction of the Coroner. This office will disclose information about unidentified and unclaimed cases online in an effort to resolve each case.


Phone: (360)416-1600
Address: 605 South 3rd Street Mount Vernon, WA 98273
Term: Four years

Elected: General Election 2014, 2018, etc.

Qualifications: [Must be] a qualified elector [of their county], and [have] been admitted as an attorney and counselor of the courts of this state. (RCW 36.27.010)

Duties: The duties of Prosecuting Attorney include:


Phone: (360)416-1911
Fax: (360)336-9455
Address: 600 South 3rd Street, Suite 100 Mount Vernon, WA 98273
Term:  Four years

Elected: General Election 2014, 2018, etc.

Qualifications:
[Must have] within twelve months of assuming office, a certificate of completion of a basic law enforcement training program which complies with standards adopted by the criminal justice training commission. (RCW 36.28.030)

Duties: The sheriff is the chief executive officer and conservator of the peace of the county. In the execution of his or her office, he or she and his or her deputies:
  1. Shall arrest and commit to prison all persons who break the peace, or attempt to break it, and all persons guilty of public offenses;
  2. Shall defend the county against those who, by riot or otherwise, endanger the public peace or safety;
  3. Shall execute the process and orders of the courts of justice or judicial officers, when delivered for that purpose, according to law;
  4. Shall execute all warrants delivered for that purpose by other public officers, according to the provisions of particular statutes;
  5. Shall attend the sessions of the courts of record held within the county, and obey their lawful orders or directions;
  6. Shall keep and preserve the peace in their respective counties, and quiet and suppress all affrays, riots, unlawful assemblies and insurrections, for which purpose, and for the service of process in civil or criminal cases, and in apprehending or securing any person for felony or  breach of the peace, they may call to their aid such persons, or power of their county as they may deem necessary. (RCW 36.28.010)


Phone: (360)416-1750
Address: 700 South 2nd Street, Room 205 Mount Vernon, WA 98273
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 518 Mount Vernon, WA 98273
Term: Four years

Elected: General Election 2014, 2018, etc.

Duties: The Treasurer's role is regional, focusing largely on the various taxing districts in Skagit County. Among the office's responsibilities are bill and collect all real and personal property taxes for the county, cities and districts; play a key role with our mortgage, title, real estate companies and legal community through processing of real estate excise affidavits; issue all mobile home moving permits; serve as loan administrator for the Water Quality Improvement Loan Program making low cost Department of Ecology funds available to Skagit County citizens to replace failing septic systems; carry out foreclosure, tax title and surplus property tax sales as well as the financial administration of the yearly county equipment  surplus auction; perform audits on sales tax paid and motor vehicle licenses issued in Skagit County, with thousands of dollars erroneously coded being reallocated back to the county by the Departments of Revenue and Licensing; investment of all public funds.


Phone: (360)416-1250
Fax: (360)416-1251
AddrLarry E. Moller Public Safety Building 600 South 3rd Street Mount Vernon, WA 98273
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 340 Mount Vernon, Way 98273
Members: Three judges
Term: Four years

Elected: General Election 2014, 2018, etc.

Qualifications: Registered voter of district court district and electoral district, if any; and a lawyer admitted to practice law in the state of Washington; or, in those districts having  population of less than five thousand persons, a person who has taken and passed…the qualifying examination for a lay candidate for judicial officer as provided by rule of the supreme court. (RCW 3.34.060)

Duties: The District Court hears traffic infractions; misdemeanors and gross misdemeanors; civil claims to $100,000; small claims to $5,000; protection orders; name change petitions; dangerous dog hearings; vehicle impound hearings.


Phone: (360)416-1200
Address: 205 West Kincaid Street, Room 202 Mount Vernon, WA 98273
Members: Four judges
Term: Four years

Elected: General Election 2016, 2020, etc.

Qualifications: [They] shall have been admitted to practice in the courts of record of this state, or of the Territory of Washington. (WA State Constitution Art. 4 Section 17)

Duties: The Superior Court hears felony criminal; civil; dissolution and custody; juvenile court proceedings; paternity cases/adoption matters; probates; mental commitment proceedings.