NK School Board member to resign after being elected to Poulsbo council

Rick Eckert of the North Kitsap School Board announced he will soon be resigning from his District 1 seat after being elected to the Poulsbo City Council in the general election, which was certified Nov. 28.

The race was tight for the council’s Position 1 seat with Eckert edging candidate Zach Ellis with 51% of the vote. The seat is held by Andrew Phillips, who did not seek re-election.

Eckert was first elected to the NK school board in 2017 and was re-elected in 2021. During his tenure, he was the liaison to the city of Poulsbo and often spoke during the public comment portion of council meetings.

In an email, Eckert said he will give the newly elected school board directors (Beverly Godfrey, Stacey Mills) a few months to get acclimated to their new roles before stepping down.

“I anticipate that will be no more than 3-4 months from swearing in,” he said.