The Kitsap County Commissioners unanimously appointed Walter E. Washington today to replace Karen Flynn, who retired as county auditor this week.
“We had three exceptional candidates,” said North Kitsap Commissioner Steve Bauer. “They all had their own strengths, and I would like to keep them all connected with the county. But Walt is the candidate that makes the most sense. He will bring us the same quality of service and leadership that we are accustomed to from Karen.”
Washington was chosen above two other candidates, Poulsbo attorney Sara Lingafelter and former Kitsap County Director of Administrative Services Deborah Broughton. All three commissioners complimented all three candidates, but took about eight minutes to discuss and approve the decision.
After leaving the meeting to tell Washington of the appointment Bauer returned and announced “From a productivity standpoint Walt‘s first day was a failure, with all the screaming and yelling over there.”
Washington, 61, said he was encouraged by the support he received from people he didn’t know during his short campaign to replace Flynn.
“A lot of people don’t know what the auditor does,” Washington said. “They think the auditor is just someone who makes sure that the books balance. But the biggest part of what we do is manage elections, and make sure it is a seamless process.”
South Kitsap Commissioner Jan Angel said Washington was the best choice due to his experience –he served as Flynn‘s chief deputy since January 2007–and this is especially crucial during an election year.
“This is the first presidential election that is being conducted by mail,” she said. “It‘s important to have someone who has the experience and qualifications needed to make it run smoothly.”