County Clerk Bio

Alison H. Sonntag


Alison H. Sonntag has been the Chief Deputy Clerk since 1993, and on August 16, 2017, the Board of County Commissioners unanimously appointed Alison to be the next Kitsap County Clerk. 

Alison Sonntag was born in Rapid City, South Dakota on January 1, 1947.  She was the first baby born in the Black Hills of South Dakota that year, despite not entering the world until 7 PM.  Alison grew up in various places, moving from South Dakota to Hannibal, MO when she was 5, then to Oregon, Washington and California in rapid succession when she was in third grade.  She spend 4 years in Southern California between ages nearly 8 to 12 ½ .  She has lived in Washington State ever since, moving to Kitsap County in 2004.

Sonntag graduated Magna Cum Laud from the University of Washington and has a Fellowship from the Institute for Court Management, the educational arm of the National Center for State Courts.  She is also a Certified Public Official through the Washington State Association of Counties.

Sonntag spent the greater part of her adult life working in the Justice System, acquiring experience in a private law firm, the Pierce County Clerk's Office and Superior Court.  She spent the nearly 24 years as the Chief Deputy Clerk here in Kitsap before being appointed as Clerk in August of this year.

Sonntag has been active in her community and supports many national and local causes.  She is active at the state and national level in government and court associations.