With position no longer chosen by voters, King County begins search for new sheriff

Executive Dow Constantine announced Monday that a nationwide search to pick King County’s next sheriff has officially begun.

King County Sheriff refuses to resign despite councilmember’s demand

Previously, King County’s sheriff was an elected position decided by voters. A trio of charter amendments approved during 2020’s election changed that, giving the County Executive the authority to appoint the role.

The other amendments made it so that the Office of Law Enforcement Oversight could subpoena witnesses and evidence to investigate misconduct, while giving the county council authority to specify the duties of the sheriff.

At the time, incumbent Sheriff Mitzi Johanknecht had claimed the amendments would functionally “dismantle” her office,

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