Commissioner Matthew L. ClucasCommissioner’s Department
graduated from California State University, Long Beach, with a Bachelor of Arts
degree in Political Science/Pre-Law. He earned his Juris Doctorate from
the Willamette University College of Law in Salem, Oregon. He was
admitted to the Washington State Bar in 1993.
Prior to his judicial
appointment, Commissioner Clucas worked in both the public and private sector,
practicing criminal, family, and probate law. He began his career as a
Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for Kitsap County in 1994 where he prosecuted both
felony and misdemeanor crimes; during this time, he was instrumental in
developing the Adult Drug Court in the Kitsap County Superior Court. From
2003 until 2010, Commissioner Clucas was a partner with Bennett Rainey Moran
Gianneschi and Clucas where he engaged in a general legal practice that
included criminal defense, family law, probate, real estate law and general
civil litigation. Until joining the Superior Court Bench, Commissioner
Clucas continued a general practice with Tolman Clucas, PLLC, where he also
served as a mediator in matters that included family law, workplace conflicts
and neighborhood disputes. Commissioner Clucas’s early judicial career
began in 1993 when he began serving as judge pro tempore in various Kitsap
County and Jefferson County District and Municipal Courts.
has also been very active in his community. He served on the City of
Poulsbo Library Board from 2006 through 2009; and, he served as a Board member
for Martha and Mary between 2006 and 2012. From 2010 until 2014, he also
served on multiple Contract Panels for the City of Poulsbo to assist the Mayor
with procuring appropriate prosecutorial and criminal defense services.
Commissioner Clucas has also been very active with the Board of Trustees for
the Kitsap County Bar Association since 1994, eventually serving as President
of the local Bar in 2013.
is the recipient of the 2015 Washington State Bar Professionalism Award,
recognized for exemplifying the spirit of professionalism in the practice of
law as defined by the WSBA Creed of Professionalism. The Kitsap County
Bar Association also recognized Commissioner Clucas with the 2002 Humanitarian
Award for his efforts in co-founding the Adult Drug Court.
Commissioner Clucas was appointed the
full-time Court Commissioner by the Superior Court Judges effective July 30,