Sheriff announces bid for re-election

KITSAP COUNTY — Kitsap County Sheriff Gary Simpson, who was first elected sheriff in 2014, announced his bid May 2 for re-election to the seat this November.

“I’ve worked here for 34 years. I’ve grown up in this agency,” Simpson said. “I’ve been a participant in many of the programs in the organization.”

In his announcement, Simpson said, “In 2014 I stated I would continue my leadership role in developing people, providing quality law enforcement services to our citizens and building strong, value-based relationships with our law enforcement and community partners.”

He said that remains one of his goals. And one of his ideas about community relations has been confirmed by his time in the role.

“Building relationships with our community … our community partners and our citizens is the focus of our success,” Simpson said. “We can’t do this job by ourselves. We need the help of our community and other law enforcement partners.”

If re-elected, he’ll also focus the next few years on strengthening the leadership of the people he works with for the future benefit of the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office.

“I am very proud of the people that work here and the work they do for the communities,” he said. “They’re dedicated, they have public safety in their hearts. I know I have a strong workforce to work with. They do outstanding work with a limited number of resources.

“I want to make sure the organization is in a strong position to take over the next group of leaders in the future.”

Simpson said some members of the KCSO staff have worked there for 20 or more years — and a few retirements are expected in the next few years. He said he wants to build the team’s leadership skills to ensure there will be qualified replacements when those leadership roles open up.

“I believe in our organization and our personnel,” Simpson said in his announcement.

“I believe Kitsap County is the best place to live, work and visit because of your sheriff’s office commitment to service — and I wish to continue to be a part of our future endeavors as the sheriff for Kitsap County.”

The filing window for Kitsap County sheriff is May 14-18. The election is Nov. 6. For more information about filing for office, visit, or contact the Kitsap County Elections at 360-337-7129 or

— Michelle Beahm is the online editor for the Kitsap News Group. She can be reached at