The Kitsap County Board of Commissioners on Sept. 13 appointed David Lewis to serve as Kitsap County Clerk. He fills the vacancy created with the resignation of Alison Sonntag July 30, 2021, who served in the position since August 2017. His term runs until elections in November 2022 are certified.
"In David's 37-year career in the Superior Court Clerk's office he has been involved in nearly every aspect of those operations," noted Commissioner Rob Gelder, chair of the Board of County Commissioners. "He has a reputation across the community as being accessible and a servant leader, not to mention he received off-the-chart approval in the Bar Association poll. He is a wonderful choice to be the next Kitsap County Clerk and the Commissioners wish him much success."
Commissioners selected Mr. Lewis from a pool of three candidates nominated August 24 by the Democratic Central Committee of Kitsap County. The Washington State Constitution requires the Board of County Commissioners to appoint replacements for vacancies in any partisan county elected office. The person appointed must be from the same political party as the elected officer who held the seat.
The County Clerk is the administrative and financial officer for Superior Court. The Clerk receives, processes and preserves documents for Superior Court matters, including criminal, civil, family law, probate, guardianship, paternity and adoption. As financial officer, the Clerk collects fees and fines, victim restitution, and maintains the court's trust account. The Clerk also performs quasi-judicial functions such as issuing warrants of arrest, and provides jury management of all Kitsap County courts.
During his more than three decades of service in the Kitsap County Clerk's office, Mr. Lewis has served under four Clerks and most recently led the Court Services Unit, overseeing protection orders and jury and courthouse facilitators. He was a long-time specialist and trainer for protection orders, especially in helping victims of domestic violence and as a community liaison to the courts. Most recently, he has taken on supervisory roles within the office and assisted in budget development and administration. His goals include continuing to make resources of the office more widely visible to the public and adapting new technologies to support the court system.
Outside of his career in the Clerk's office, Mr. Lewis has been a youth and adult mentor through sports programs for over 25 years, and served 15 years on the board of directors of Kitsap Legal Services where he has been involved in personnel decisions and fiscal management of the non-profit organization that coordinates volunteer attorneys, paralegals and others to help people advocate for themselves, find resources and understand the legal system.
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