Kitsap County News

Replacement process for District 1 Commissioner vacancy reviewed3/22/2023

Kitsap County Commissioner Rob Gelder, representing District 1 in North Kitsap, notified the Board of County Commissioners March 20 of his intent to step down effective May 23, 2023. With this announcement, here is a review of the process to fill the position.

As Commissioner Gelder was elected as a Democrat, the Washington State Constitution Article II, Section 15 directs the Kitsap County Democratic Central Committee to provide the Board of County Commissioners, as appointing authority, with a list of three potential appointees to fill the vacancy. Minimum qualifications for appointment are that the person must be over the age of 18 and reside in Commissioner District 1.

"With the Kitsap County's focus on updating our Comprehensive Plan, a process that runs through 2024, and the priority to address the housing crisis in Kitsap, we are hoping for applicants with diverse backgrounds, perspective grounded in the community, and a proven ability to form partnerships," said Commissioner Charlotte Garrido, chair of the Board of County Commissioners.

The new commissioner will be joining District 2 and 3 Commissioners representing South and Central Kitsap in setting policy; managing the county's $548 million budget; overseeing the Public Works, Parks, Community Development and Human Services departments; and serve on multiple boards such as the Kitsap Public Health District, Housing Kitsap and Kitsap Transit. More information can be found on the Kitsap Board of County Commissioners website.

The Board will conduct interviews to explore qualifications of the three potential appointees during one of its regular public briefing sessions.  Following these interviews, the Board will deliberate in executive session and formally appoint a new Commissioner at a subsequent Board meeting.

The Board has 60 days after the office becomes vacant to make the appointment. The appointee will serve for the balance of Commissioner Gelder's term, which expires December 31, 2024.

Commissioner Gelder was appointed in March 2011 and then elected in November 2011 to complete the unexpired term of Commissioner Steve Bauer, and elected to his first full four-year term in 2012.

Those interested in applying to serve as District 1 Commissioner should contact the Kitsap Democratic Party at or go to

Kitsap County Commissioner Rob Gelder announces he is stepping down May 233/20/2023

Kitsap County Job Fair Tuesday, April 11 9 AM – 1 PM3/16/2023

Kitsap County Job Fair

Kitsap County Job Fair
Tuesday, April 11 9 AM – 1 PM
Kitsap County Administration Building 619 Division Street in Port Orchard

Come discover why we love working at Kitsap County! Mark your calendar and join us at the Kitsap County Job Fair April 11. You’ll learn about the diverse job opportunities that are available at Kitsap County. With over 200 job types, we have jobs in every field! Learn about current openings, apply onsite, and sign up for alerts when new jobs are posted.

Come and meet employees from different County departments and learn why they love where they work. Ask questions and find out why they choose to work for Kitsap County. They can show you current openings and talk about careers in their line of work.

Looking for a good summer job? Get hired on the spot! If you’re looking for summer work, come prepared for an interview! We are interviewing, and in some cases hiring, on-site for our Summer Employment Program! Get your foot in the door and gain great work experience this summer with our Public Works Department! Learn more about the program at

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Public hearing delayed to April 10 for Kitsap County Comprehensive Plan draft alternatives3/3/2023

March 3, 2023

Public hearing delayed to April 10 for Kitsap County Comprehensive Plan draft alternatives

The Washington State Department of Commerce this week released housing needs projections over the next 20 years and guidance on how counties and cities should address them. This may affect Kitsap County Comprehensive Plan draft alternatives currently under consideration and could require additional zoning revisions, assumptions of growth or other changes to one or more of these alternatives.

To allow additional time to assess the impacts of this guidance and provide necessary clarity to the public on what is proposed, the March 13 Board of County Commissioners' public hearing on Comprehensive Plan draft alternatives is delayed until April 10.

Commissioners will take verbal testimony at the April 10 hearing. Until then, written testimony on the draft alternative maps and descriptions will continue to be accepted at

More information on the process, purpose and content of the preliminary draft alternatives can be found at Videos of past presentations, public meetings and other information are also available on the site.

Send questions and comments to or call Kitsap1 at (360) 337-5777 and ask for Planning and Environmental Programs.

​Survey open through March 31 to help inform 2024-2027 Aging Area Plan3/2/2023

The Kitsap County Division of Aging and Long-Term Care is the designated Area Agency on Aging for Kitsap, responsible for development of an Area Plan that identifies local services for older adults, adults with disabilities, and their caregivers. The Aging Area Plan, currently being developed, is a four-year plan that identifies gaps in services and describes demographic trends, challenges, and opportunities. The plan also addresses how the Area Agency on Aging will administer programs and allocate discretionary funding to support aging in place, as well as informal caregivers.

Kitsap County residents are invited to share ideas in a survey that will be used in the development of the 2024-2027 Area Plan.

The survey deadline is Friday, March 31, 2023.

Visit for links to the survey in English and Spanish and to learn more about services and resources available to older residents and their caregivers.

To receive a paper survey by mail, call the Aging & Long-Term Care offices at 360-337-5700. To request translation assistance, call 360-337-5700 or email Tawnya Weintraub at

Point No Point County Park remains closed to vehicular traffic2/7/2023

February 7, 2023

Point No Point flooding update:

Point No Point Park remains closed to vehicular traffic for the foreseeable future due to storm and flooding impacts. The entrance road to the park, Point No Point Road, remains closed to the public but is open for residents to access their properties.  Point No Point Road and Park are now open to the US Coast Guard, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Lighthouse Society employees, U.S. Lighthouse Society vacation rentals, contractors, and service vehicles. Authorized vehicles will display a permit in the window. 

Pedestrian access to Point No Point Park is permitted from Thor's Road trailhead. Please obey all trail signs and respect private property.

Park repairs and beach rehabilitation are currently under evaluation; park access and use may change to accommodate construction and repair work.  New updates will be posted as needed.

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