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Kitsap County joins regional "Ready, Set, Go!" evacuation messaging campaign6/13/2024
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June 13, 2024

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Kitsap County joins regional "Ready, Set, Go!" evacuation messaging campaign

Port Orchard, Wash. - The threat of wildfire has increased across the nation, including in Western Washington. One important step in facing that threat is preparing to communicate quickly with residents and businesses if evacuation from a wildfire or another hazard is necessary. As wildfire season begins here in Washington, Kitsap County is joining forces with six other counties to highlight the regional "Ready, Set, Go!" evacuation campaign.  The campaign outlines the three evacuation levels and provides straightforward messages that describe actions to take at each level when alerted by authorities.

The "Ready, Set, Go!" evacuation campaign informs the public on how to respond to the three levels of evacuations (traditionally Levels 1, 2, and 3), and prepares them on actions they should take at each level when alerted by authorities. This messaging is intended not only wildfires but for any hazard which triggers the need for evacuation.

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Key Components of the Campaign

  1. "Ready" Phase: Be aware of the danger in your area and start preparing for possible evacuation. Monitor local media and check on neighbors. If you do not already have an evacuation plan or a Go! kit, assemble these now. Conditions can change suddenly, and you may not receive a Level 2 "Be Set" warning before you are ordered to Level 3 "Go!" Prepare both the inside and outside of your home for fire. Leave if you feel unsafe -- do not wait for an official evacuation order.
  2. "Set" Phase: Short notice evacuation likely in your area (Level 2) - Be prepared for sudden evacuation. People who need help or more time to evacuate - people with disabilities, people with small children, people with medical conditions and people with large animals - should evacuate now. Ensure your evacuation plan checklist is complete and your Go! kit is in your vehicle. Stay informed and be aware of alerts from local law enforcement and fire departments. Always remember to leave if you feel unsafe, do not wait for an official evacuation order.
  3. "Go" Phase: Evacuate immediately from your area (Level 3) - Go now! Danger in your area is current or imminent. Follow directions from law enforcement or fire departments and do not return home until officials have determined it is safe. Notification it is safe to return home will be given as soon as possible.

The "Ready, Set, Go!" evacuation campaign is a testament to the power of collaboration. By bringing together the expertise of multiple counties, emergency response agencies, and community organizations, the campaign can create a more resilient and informed population.

Jan Glarum, Director of Kitsap County Department of Emergency Management notes, "Emergencies can arise unexpectedly anywhere and at any time. Being poised to respond when the situation demands is an absolute necessity. Knowing that residents will be able to understand and respond to evacuation alerts is a critical step in our readiness to respond. Kitsap County is excited to be part of the regional 'Ready, Set, Go!' evacuation campaign."

Residents of King, Pierce, Snohomish, Skagit, Whatcom, Kitsap and Thurston counties are encouraged to participate actively in the "Ready, Set, Go!" evacuation campaign. By preparing their homes, accessing informational materials, and staying informed about local emergency updates, individuals can play a vital role in enhancing the safety and preparedness of their communities.

Kitsap County residents can sign up for local emergency alerts, including "Ready, Set, Go!" notifications, at kcowa.us/alert. Additionally, check to make sure your smart phone is turned on to receive emergency notifications. The full news release can be viewed at the Kitsap Department of Emergency Management website.

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Kitsap Department of Emergency Management website: www.kitsapdem.com/ready-set-go/

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Medical examiner seeks families of 8 people6/3/2024

The Kitsap County Medical Examiner's Office is currently in possession of the remains of the following eight people that are considered either indigent or abandoned.   

We, at the Kitsap County Medical Examiner's Office, feel very strongly that these individuals deserve to be treated with respect and dignity, and we would like to place the remains with family or friends if at all possible.  Our office has dedicated numerous hours attempting to find family for these individuals to no avail.  

If you are, or know of, a friend or family member of any of the following individuals, please contact the Kitsap County Medical Examiner's office at 360-731-6843.

Renee Lambert                                    DOB: 02-04-1960

Linda Weglin                                      DOB: 08-29-1956

Glen Bui                                              DOB: 11-19-1957

Timothy Matthew Papillon                 DOB: 10-04-1939

Leslea Maxwell                                   DOB: 04-21-1954

Leona Perry                                         DOB: 03-11-1949

Harley Robertson                                DOB: 06-02-1948

Mark Mayberry                                   DOB: 11-30-1960

Any remains not claimed before the end of business on June 28, 2024 will be interred at the Silverdale Pioneer Cemetery at a public ceremony tentatively scheduled for July 13, 2024 at 10 a.m.


Kitsap County Juvenile Services and Peninsula Community Health Services Team Up on New Initiative5/21/2024

Clifton Clinic Offers Comprehensive Care for Detained Youth

Port Orchard, Wash, - Kitsap County Juvenile Services in partnership with Peninsula Community Health Services is proud to announce a pioneering initiative aimed at addressing the holistic health needs of youth in the juvenile justice system.

The Kitsap County Juvenile Detention Facility is a secure facility providing care and control for young offenders awaiting trial or who have been sentenced for up to thirty days. The facility provides detained youth with all basic needs, including healthy meals and exercise, physical education, and academics provided by licensed teachers.

In recent years, the County has seen a dramatic decline in the number of youths requiring detention, which created a unique opportunity. As the number of open, unused sleeping rooms increased, there was a desire to fill the space with something that could address rehabilitation and enrich the lives of youth and their families. That's when a unique partnership with PCHS was born.

The Clifton Clinic, located on the campus of the Juvenile Detention Facility, ensures that patients receive comprehensive care tailored to meet their individual needs. The clinic is staffed with a dedicated team of healthcare professionals and offers integrated behavioral health services, which provides a deeper level of support. Services include depression and anxiety counseling, substance use disorder treatment, adult medication-assisted treatment for addiction, and behavioral health medication consultations, along with all other primary care medical services.

"Our integrated approach to healthcare ensures that the physical and mental well-being of every individual is prioritized," said Jennifer Kreidler-Moss, chief executive officer of Peninsula Community Health Services. "By collaborating with the Juvenile Detention Facility, we aim to provide comprehensive care to justice-affiliated individuals in need, fostering a path towards rehabilitation and a healthier future."

The Juvenile Detention Facility is dedicated to preparing its young residents for a better future through a range of services, including coordination of service courses, diversion agreements, and specialized courts such as Juvenile Drug Court and Individualized Treatment Court.

"We believe in serving the needs of children, both inside and outside the detention center," said Michael Merringer, director of Kitsap County Juvenile Services. "Our partnership with Clifton Clinic allows us to address the physical and mental health needs of our residents, laying the foundation for successful reintegration into society."

The Juvenile Detention Facility accepts young offenders, under the age of 18, who are charged with misdemeanors or felonies.

To learn more about the Clifton Clinic, visit https://www.pchsweb.org/locations/clifton-clinic/.

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Clifton Clinic: https://www.pchsweb.org/locations/clifton-clinic/

Website: www.Kitsap.gov

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Kitsap County staff honored for contributions to end homelessness5/8/2024

Three receive awards from the Kitsap Housing and Homelessness Coalition

 Port Orchard, WA –The Kitsap Housing and Homelessness Coalition (KHHC) recently recognized individuals and organizations for their unwavering commitment, dedication, and innovative approaches in addressing homelessness in our community. Among the recipients of this year's awards were three County staff members directly engaged in initiatives to support Kitsap's unhoused population.

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Elected Official Award – Charlotte Garrido

The Elected Official Award recognizes the extraordinary commitment of an elected official to address homelessness within the community. This year's recipient was Kitsap County Commissioner Charlotte Garrido. Serving as District 2 Commissioner, Garrido has tirelessly advocated for the well-being and housing needs of Kitsap County residents. With a background in urban planning and community organization, Garrido has spearheaded initiatives aimed at enhancing workforce training programs and seeking solutions for housing individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

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Community Impact Award – Doug Washburn

The Community Impact Award acknowledges individuals, projects, or organizations that have made a significant difference in addressing homelessness. Doug Washburn, Director of Kitsap County Human Services, was recognized for his outstanding leadership and collaborative efforts in developing and maintaining essential services for Kitsap residents. With extensive experience in public sector budgeting, policy development, and strategic planning, Washburn has played a pivotal role in advancing initiatives to support vulnerable populations and promote community well-being.

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Exceptional Service by a Staff Member – Jarrod Moran

The Exceptional Service by a Staff Member Award celebrates the dedication and compassion of frontline workers who go above and beyond to support individuals experiencing homelessness. This year's recipient was Jarrod Moran, former coordinator of Kitsap County's Homeless Encampment Action Response and Transitions (HEART) team. The HEART Program, launched in April 2022, ensures a coordinated and compassionate response to unauthorized homeless encampments on Kitsap County property.

The KHHC awards underscore the County's commitment to resolving homelessness and housing issues. In 2019, Kitsap County adopted a comprehensive Homeless Crisis & Housing Response plan to reduce homelessness through an efficient response system, that includes five goals: making homelessness rare through prevention strategies, ensuring it is brief via crisis response tactics, promoting one-time occurrences by ensuring long-term housing stability, enhancing the homeless response system's capacity and efficiency, and broadening community engagement. Most recently, Garrido, Washburn and the County's Human Services staff have been leading efforts to construct a new, first-of-its-kind, congregate co-shelter facility in the Mile Hill area of South Kitsap. The Pacific Building is slated to provide temporary housing for 75 people and their companion animals, along with wrap-around services, 24/7, 365 days a year. The facility is expected to open in November 2024.

Each year, KHHC recognizes people who are making a difference in our community. The organization is committed to providing leadership to end homelessness through planning, coordination, advocacy, and education, with the goal of self-sufficiency for homeless individuals and families through affordable housing, prevention, and support services.

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Links used in this release:

Charlotte Garrido: https://www.kitsap.gov/BOC_p/Pages/Dist2home.aspx

Kitsap County Human Services: https://www.kitsap.gov/hs/Pages/Default%20Home%20Page%20HS.aspx

The HEART Program: https://www.kitsap.gov/hs/Pages/HH-Homeless-Encampment-Response.aspx

Homeless Crisis & Housing Response plan: https://www.kitsap.gov/hs/Pages/HH-Homeless-Crisis-Response-and-Housing-Plan.aspx

Pacific Building: https://www.kitsap.gov/hs/Pages/HH-SK-Housing.aspx

KHHC: https://kitsaphhc.org/

County website: kitsap.gov

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Kitsap County Announces Preferred Alternative for Comprehensive Plan Update5/7/2024



Celebrating service: Kitsap County Volunteer Appreciation Week April 21-274/22/2024


Kitsap County Commissioners proclaim April 21-27, 2024 as Kitsap County Volunteer Appreciation Week, in recognition of the 5,520 volunteers who annually contribute their time, talent, and expertise to county government. Volunteers help meet the needs of residents, protect natural environments and create vibrant, healthy, safe, accessible and participatory communities. In 2023, these individuals contributed 148,000 hours!

We celebrate, recognize and thank the incredible volunteers for their enormous impact. Volunteers are involved in nearly every aspect of county government. We are humbled by their selfless generosity and contributions to extend and improve services, resources and outreach. Volunteerism empowers individuals to find their purpose, take their passion and turn it into meaningful change.

Kitsap County volunteers are committed, tireless and an affirmation to the power of community. Their compassion and energy uplifts those around them. Their extraordinary support truly improves lives and livelihoods..

Thank you, volunteers – you make Kitsap County a better place to live, work and play and help our communities thrive!

Learn more about volunteer opportunities at https://kcowa.us/volunteer.


Kitsap County Expresses Gratitude for Community Engagement in Comprehensive Plan Update4/9/2024

Board of Commissioners Extend Public Comment Period

Port Orchard, Wash. -  Last night's public hearing on the Kitsap County Comprehensive Plan update drew approximately 150 people through a combination of in-person and online attendance. Residents provided valuable insights on important topics like housing, the environment, parks and open space, facilities, transportation, and more.

We're deeply grateful to everyone who contributed to last night's hearing," stated Deputy County Administrator Eric Baker. "Your input is invaluable as we shape policies for sustainable growth that reflect the needs and aspirations of our community."

The 2024 Comprehensive Plan update will determine how the County manages growth and what its direction will be for the next 20 years across policies, zoning, and departmental regulations as well as planning-level environmental impacts and capital facilities reviews.

People who missed last night's public hearing can watch a replay of the meeting online.

To accommodate further input and public engagement, the Board of Commissioners has extended the written comment period. Residents can submit written testimony from now through Thursday, April 11 at 4:30 p.m. Comments can be emailed, sent via regular mail to 614 Division Street MS-36, Port Orchard, WA 98366, or submitted through the comment form on the Comprehensive Plan website.

For more information on how to participate and to access the current draft documents, visit the  Comprehensive Plan website or email the Comprehensive Plan team.

 

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Replay of the meeting online: https://bremerton.vod.castus.tv/vod/index.php/5/7/1/5/a/b/5715ab81-2cdc-4ce4-91a5-671d602a98ca+17126466201712638488404454.vod.720p.KCC_20240408.m2t.mp4

Comments can be emailed: compplan@kitsap.gov

Comprehensive Plan website: kcowa.us/compplan

Email the Comprehensive Plan team: compplan@kitsap.gov

County website: Kitsap.gov

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Take our Parks Recreation & Open Space Survey! 4/3/2024

April 3, 2024

The future of our parks, recreation, and open spaces is in your hands

Take our PROS Plan survey today!

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Port Orchard, Wash. - We are embarking on the final phase of public engagement to shape the future of our parks, recreation, and open spaces. Your input holds significant sway in this process.

We are currently conducting the PROS Plan Capital Projects and Priorities Survey. The survey builds on the "visions" and desires expressed during previous online and in-person workshops. We have distilled your ideas into a series of potential capital improvements, new recreation facilities, and system-wide priorities. 

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Your voice matters! Please take a few moments to complete the survey and encourage your neighbors to do the same.

The PROS Plan aims to evaluate the current Parks system inventory and its condition and propose updates to service standards for parks and trails. We aspire to achieve our goals and objectives while considering various management aspects to offer quality recreation opportunities for both residents and visitors. For more information, visit our PROS Plan page.

We understand that your desired quality of life is integral to this plan's success, and we look forward to receiving your valuable insights.

If you have any questions or require further information, please feel free to email us parks@kitsap.gov.

Thank you for your participation and commitment to shaping a brighter future for our parks and community. 

 

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Links used in this document:

Visit our PROS Plan page. https://www.kitsapgov.com/parks/Pages/PROSPlanUpdates.aspx

Email: parks@kitsap.gov

Website: www.Kitsap.gov

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Medical examiner identifies victim of Bremerton homicide4/2/2024

​For Immediate Release 

April 2, 2024

Medical examiner identifies victim of Bremerton homicide

Port Orchard, Wash. - The victim from the incident on 6th street in Bremerton on Sunday, March 31, 2024, has been identified as:

  • Philip M. Graff, a 36-year-old male with a Jefferson County address listed.

An autopsy was performed by Kitsap County’s Chief Medical Examiner, Doctor Lindsey Harle. Cause of death is multiple stab wounds to the chest. Manner of death is homicide.

 

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Lindsey Harle, MD

Chief Medical Examiner

5010 NW Linden Lane, Bremerton, WA  98312  Phone: 360-731-6843
www.kitsap.gov

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Kitsap County Invites Community Feedback on Comprehensive Plan4/1/2024

​FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 1, 2024

 

Kitsap County Invites Community Feedback on Comprehensive Plan Update

County Board of Commissioners to Hold Public Hearing April 8

Port Orchard, Wash. - Kitsap County is making an essential update to its Comprehensive Plan - a blueprint that will guide local policies, planning, and capital facility investments. The Comprehensive Plan, mandated by Washington State's Growth Management Act, plays a pivotal role in shaping the county's growth and development strategies.

The 2024 plan update will determine how the county manages growth and what it's future direction will be in areas like policies, zoning, and departmental regulations as well as planning-level environmental impacts and capital facilities reviews.

"We're committed to ensuring that our Comprehensive Plan reflects the needs and aspirations of our residents," said deputy county administrator Eric Baker. "Your input is valuable as we work to address current challenges and plan for sustainable growth."

To encourage public engagement, Kitsap County is inviting residents to participate in the Comprehensive Plan Update process, by submitting comments in writing or via email or at in-person events.

The Public Comment Period on the Draft Comprehensive Plan Elements, Draft Development Regulations, and Capital Facilities Plan will remain open through April 8. Community members are encouraged to review the documents on our website.

The Board of County Commissioners will hold a hearing on the Comprehensive Plan update at their meeting on April 8. The meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Kitsap County Administration Building, located at 619 Division Street in Port Orchard. Public comment is encouraged, with both in-person and online/hybrid options available.

"We value transparency and collaboration in our planning processes," said Katie Walters, Chair of the Board of County Commissioners. "We urge all residents to get involved and help shape the future of Kitsap County."

To learn more about the Comprehensive Plan Update and how to participate, visit the Kitsap County Comprehensive Plan website or contact the Comprehensive Plan team at compplan@kitsap.gov.

 

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Links used in this document:

Online: kcowa.us/compplan

Email: compplan@kitsap.gov

Website: kcowa.us/compplan

Kitsap County Comprehensive Plan website: kcowa.us/compplan

Website: www.Kitsap.gov

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Contact:

Krista Carlson, Communications Manager & PIO, klcarlson@kitsap.gov, (564) 222-0375


Kitsap County Treasurer's Office Announces Updated Payment Systems3/20/2024

For Immediate Release

March 20, 2024

 

Kitsap County Treasurer's Office Announces Updated Payment Systems

New year. New design. Same great service!

PORT ORCHARD, Wash. – The Kitsap County Treasurer's Office is proud to announce two major improvements designed to enhance the billing and payment experience for residents. Earlier this year, our office revamped property tax statements, introducing a modern design that provides a clear, detailed breakdown of how the current year's tax dollars are allocated.

"The new statements are designed to be clear and easily consumable," said County Treasurer Peter Boissonneau. "We want every taxpayer to understand exactly where their money is going.  We have also added QR codes to our payment stubs to make paying taxes electronically as easy as possible."

In addition, the Treasurer's Office has switched payment vendors to InvoiceCloud, allowing constituents to register and make a profile, link tax accounts, sign up for paperless billing, set up AutoPay, and register for Pay by Text. Electronic check payments made via www.InvoiceCloud.com/KitsapCountyWA are ALWAYS FREE. The system also supports all major credit cards, Apple Pay, Google Pay, Venmo, and PayPal, offering numerous payment options to our taxpayers.

Tax payments can also be made through regular mail at P.O. Box 169, Port Orchard, WA 98366, or in person at the Treasurer's Office on the third floor of the Kitsap County Administration Building, 619 Division St., Port Orchard, WA 98366.  If you plan to mail your payment, we suggest bringing your envelope to the post office several days early to ensure your mail is postmarked before the due date.

As a reminder, first half installments of property taxes are due on April 30th, with second half installments due on October 31st. 

For more information on these updates, please visit the Treasurer's website. Residents who need assistance or have questions about payments are encouraged to email the Treasurer's Office or call (360) 337-7135.


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Links in this release:

Electronic payments: www.InvoiceCloud.com/KitsapCountyWA

Kitsap County Treasurer's website: www.kitsap.gov/treasurer

Email the Treasurer's Office: treasurer@kitsap.gov

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Contacts:

Hope Beyl, Chief Deputy Treasurer, treasurer@kitsap.gov, (360) 337-7135

 


UPDATE: Kitsap County Administration Building to Reopen March 203/19/2024

UPDATE:

For Immediate Release

March 19, 2024

Administration Building to Reopen March 20

PORT ORCHARD, Wash. – Kitsap County will resume normal operations at the County Administration Building in Port Orchard, on Wednesday, March 20.

The facility closed and staff were evacuated earlier today after a suspicious substance was found in the elections mail received by the Auditor's Office.  The Kitsap County Sheriff's Office, Washington State Patrol, Port Orchard Police, South Kitsap Fire and Rescue, and the United States Postal Inspection Service responded to the incident. Thankfully, hazardous materials investigators did not locate any harmful substances.

The US Postal Inspection Service is continuing its investigation.  Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Port Orchard Police Department via 911 or by email at police@portorchardwa.gov and reference case #D24-494

 

Contacts:

Krista Carlson, Communications Manager, klcarlson@kitsap.gov, (564) 222-0375


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For Immediate Release

March 19, 2024

Kitsap County Administration Building Closes Early on March 19

Police, fire investigating suspicious package found in Auditor's Office

PORT ORCHARD, Wash. –Shortly after 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19, a suspicious  package was found in elections mail received by the Auditor's Office on the 3rd floor of the Kitsap County Administration Building. Out of an abundance of caution, the building was closed for the remainder of the day so that Washington State Patrol, Port Orchard Police and South Kitsap Fire and Rescue could investigate.

The closure impacted departments. The Planning Commission meeting was also canceled. 

 County offices are expected to resume normal operations tomorrow.

The safety of our staff and customers is of utmost importance. We appreciate the patience of our customers during this time.
 

Contacts:

Krista Carlson, Communications Manager, klcarlson@kitsap.gov, (564) 222-0375

Need a passport?3/18/2024

​The Clerk's Office is hosting an offsite passport processing event to help serve citizens that are more centrally located and may have difficulty visiting us during regular business hours. The event will take place on Saturday March 30, 2024 from 9:00am-3:00pm at The President's Hall; 1250 NW Fairgrounds Rd Bremerton, WA 98311. Please visit https://www.kitsap.gov/clerk/Pages/default.aspx for more information.

WA Primary - Kitsap Results3/15/2024

​The auditor's office is tracking Kitsap results for the Washington State primary. To access the latest details, go here: https://www.kitsap.gov/auditor/Documents/Results.html

Medical examiner identifies victim of motor vehicle collision in Port Orchard 3/11/2024

March 11, 2024​

For Immediate Release



The victim of the motor vehicle accident on Jackson Avenue in Port Orchard on March 5, 2024 has been identified as:

John L. Houston, a 62-year-old male with a Lakebay WA, address.

An autopsy was performed by Kitsap County’s Chief Medical Examiner, Doctor Lindsey Harle. Cause of death is multiple blunt force injuries. Manner of death is accident.


KITSAP COUNTY MEDICAL EXAMINER’S OFFICE

Contact: 

Lindsey Harle, Chief Medical Examiner 

5010 NW Linden Lane, Bremerton, WA 98312 

Phone: (360) 731-6843

www.kitsap.gov




Medical examiner identifies victim of Dickerson Falls incident 3/5/2024
For Immediate Release:

The victim of the incident at Dickerson Falls in West Bremerton on March 3, 2024 has been identified as:

   Allyson M. Fredericksen, a 39-year-old female with a Seattle address.

An autopsy was performed by Kitsap County’s Chief Medical Examiner, Doctor Lindsey Harle. The cause of death is multiple blunt force injuries. The manner of death is accidental.


Contact: 
Lindsey Harle, Chief Medical Examiner 
5010 NW Linden Lane, Bremerton, WA 98312 
Phone: (360) 731-6843
www.KitsapGov.com

Save the date: Kitsap Co. Job Fair - March 193/5/2024

Join us for our 2nd annual Kitsap County Job Fair

Come discover why we love working at Kitsap County!

Mark your calendar and join us at the Kitsap County Job Fair on March 19 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Kitsap County Administration Building, located at 619 Division St. in Port Orchard.. 

You’ll learn about the diverse career 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.

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

Questions?
If you have any questions, email us at humanresources@kitsap.gov. If you are interested in bringing a group to this event, please let us know here. We can help with logistics.

Learn about working at Kitsap County: KCOWA.US/LWYW
Open jobs: KCOWA.US/JOBS


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Over $7.2 million in funding approved to support mental health, chemical dependency programs in Kitsap County1/10/2024

The Kitsap County Board of Commissioners approved funding recommendations on Nov. 13, 2023 for over $7.2 million that will be distributed in 2024 to 30 local agencies and organizations. The funds are generated from the 1/10th of 1 percent sales and use tax designated for mental health, chemical dependency and therapeutic court services.

"Locally collected funds directly support essential programs benefiting our most vulnerable community members," said Commissioner Katie Walters, chair of the Board of County Commissioners. "These programs play a vital role in improving the mental health and well-being of thousands in Kitsap, actively preventing and reducing the impacts of behavioral health within our jail, court systems, emergency medical care, crisis services and shelters."

View a list of recipients, grant awards and programs funded at the program website.

The funding recommendations were presented to Commissioners by the Mental Health, Chemical Dependency and Therapeutic Court Community Advisory Committee, an 11-member, commissioner-appointed group of volunteers. The committee reviews applications, conducts interviews and considers each proposal in relation to the county's Continuum of Care, a strategic plan created in 2021 to guide behavioral health services. A total of $12.5 million was requested in 2023, showing the growth of programs and services and need for funding.

"The work of the advisory committee is not an easy task. The thorough examination of each application is a tedious endeavor made more difficult by knowing each proposal offers services that would benefit our community greatly," noted Hannah Shockley, staff coordinator of the program with the Kitsap County Department of Human Services. "Refining the recommendations to fit the available budget is unequivocally heart-rendering."

County Commissioners express their gratitude to the committee for the many hours contributed to complete the application and recommendation review process.

The county's 1/10th of 1 percent treatment retail sales and use tax was established in 2014 to support behavioral health. Funding awarded for 2024 will be distributed to a variety of therapeutic court programs including juvenile, adult and veterans drug courts; with continued support for law enforcement, housing stabilization, reentry coordinators, and crisis intervention staff. 

New program funding in 2024 for youth counseling services, recovery support networks and resource liaisons was also included. Funded organizations providing housing and support for individuals with behavioral health challenges are Kitsap Rescue Mission, Kitsap Homes of Compassion, Pendleton Place, Eagles Wings, West Sound Treatment Center, Kitsap Community Resources, and Scarlet Road.

Details on the 1/10th of 1 percent sales tax program, strategic plan, annual reports and previous funding awards are available at this website.



Contact Information

Hannah Shockley, Program Coordinator, Kitsap County Department of Human Services, 360-337-4827, hshockle@kitsap.gov


Project Connect fairs offer services to those in need1/10/2024

Save the dates and spread the word! Project Connect events are coming up later this month, offering free, one-stop services fairs for individuals and families who may be homeless, face the imminent risk of homelessness, or need access to community services. Project Connect will take place at three different sites – one in each part of the county – to better reach more Kitsap residents.

Events are scheduled:  

  • Tuesday, January 23, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Gateway Fellowship Church, 18901 8th Avenue NE, Poulsbo
  • Wednesday, January 24, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., The Salvation Army, 832 6th Street, Bremerton
  • Thursday, January 25, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Port Orchard Methodist Church, 725 Kitsap Street, Port Orchard

Each of the three 2024 Project Connect sites will have slightly different vendors, tailoring offerings to what is available to residents in that geographic area. Lunch will be provided at each of the sites for all attendees.

Over 50 organizations are anticipated to attend to provide services including housing referrals, immunizations, eye exams, health screenings, rabies shots, sleeping bags, coats, haircuts, and more.

Visit the new Project Connect website for details and updates,  including information on how to donate or host a vendor table.

Project Connect is coordinated by the Kitsap Housing and Homelessness Coalition, a network which includes homeless and affordable housing service providers as well as organizations serving homeless and low-income residents of our community.

Project Connect is held in conjunction with the annual point-in-time count of people experiencing homelessness, conducted by the Kitsap County Department of Human Services. Guests at Project Connect are asked to participate in a survey, which helps local and state leaders better understand community needs and homelessness trends.

Data collected through this survey inform local, state and federal funders of the scope of homelessness in our county and assists in channeling funding and other resources to local communities to help people exit life on the streets and prevent homelessness.


Contact Information

Cory Derenberger, Housing & Homeless Division, Department of Human Services
cderenbu@kitsap.gov


Upcoming workshops provide review of County's draft Comprehensive Plan updates1/5/2024

Kitsap County has two public workshops scheduled this month to review and take public comment on recently released draft updates to the Comprehensive Plan. These documents propose new goals, policies and development regulations while also detailing planning for environmental impacts and facility needs of accommodating future growth. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend a workshop to get questions answered and provide vital feedback.

Virtual and in-person workshops will be held:

The workshops will include presentations summarizing primary elements of the draft documents. Participants will then move into breakout groups with staff to ask questions and discuss thoughts and concerns.

For detailed information on Comprehensive Plan documents, maps, upcoming meetings and past public discussions, please visit kcowa.us/compplan.

Written comments may be submitted directly to compplan@kitsap.gov or mailed to Colin Poff, Kitsap County Department of Community Development, 614 Division Street MS-36, Port Orchard, WA, 98366.

Stay informed on the Comprehensive Plan Update by signing up to receive electronic email or text notifications.


New Year's Eve Reminder: Fireworks use is prohibited12/28/2023
 
 

Kitsap County 2024 Comprehensive Plan draft available for public review12/15/2023
Kitsap County completed preliminary draft documents for the 2024 Comprehensive Plan update that will be available for public review over the next week. The Comprehensive Plan is a key document addressing countywide growth through 2044 and directs county actions towards the goals of Kitsap communities. The Comprehensive Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement were released today, Dec. 15, and the draft Capital Facilities Plan and Development Regulations will be available before Dec. 22. Documents are posted on the project website at kcowa.us/compplan.
Public meetings to review the draft documents, ask questions and provide public input are scheduled for Jan. 11 (virtual via Zoom) and Jan. 18 (in-person event).
More information regarding these and future meetings including times, links and locations can be found at kcowa.us/compplan.


Olympic College partners with Kitsap County Commissioners and Virginia Mason Franciscan Health to address health care workforce shortages in the region12/12/2023

Partnership to add capacity for more than 600 students annually to health sciences programs over the next four years


(Poulsbo, Wash.) – Olympic College is excited to announce a partnership with the Kitsap County Board of Commissioners and Virginia Mason Franciscan Health (VMFH) on the first phase of building a new regional health sciences campus at its Poulsbo location.

With generous contributions of $6 million of American Recovery Plan Act funding from Kitsap County Commissioners and $2.5 million from VMFH, the first phase will include the launch of new health science programs to fill critical health care roles in the region. The programs include dental assisting, dental hygiene, emergency medical technician, paramedic, practical nursing for Navy Corpsman, phlebotomy, radiology technician, respiratory technician, surgical technician and ultrasound technician.

The first phase, which is slated to take about two years to complete, will create opportunities for more than 80 new students each year.

The expansion in Poulsbo will complement Olympic College's robust health sciences program at its Bremerton campus, which currently accepts more than 300 students each year in its nursing, medical assisting and physical therapy programs.

"We could not be more grateful to our partners, the Kitsap County Commissioners and Virginia Mason Franciscan Health, for their support of this desperately needed expansion of health care opportunities," Olympic College President, Marty Cavalluzzi said. "This is just the start of a two-phased project that will significantly increase the number of highly skilled workers joining the workforce each year."

This partnership is launching as hospitals nationally and locally – including VMFH's St. Michael Medical Center in Silverdale, Wash. – are managing significant health care staffing challenges. For instance, nationally, the need for radiology technicians is expected to grow six percent in the next decade – faster than the average for health care occupations. Locally in Kitsap County, there is a need for 130 radiology technicians; however, annually, there are fewer than 100 radiology technician student spots available in all of western Washington.

"We are very proud to support Olympic College and their work to educate the next generation of health care professionals in Kitsap," said Ketul J. Patel, Chief Executive Officer of Virginia Mason Franciscan Health and President of Northwest Region, CommonSpiritHealth. "We recognize the strain that staffing challenges have placed on our hard working and dedicated teams, even prior to the pandemic. By investing in workforce development in our local community, we hope to help address the existing and growing care needs of our community."

Olympic College's two-phased facilities buildout will not only help to address current health care workforce needs in Kitsap communities, but also anticipated needs as the county experiences rapid growth. According to the Washington State Office of Financial Management growth management projections, the population of Kitsap is estimated to increase by 27,000 people by 2030, a roughly 10 percent increase.

"The Board of County Commissioners is pleased to direct American Rescue Plan Act funds towards this transformative regional investment aimed at expanding access to health care in Kitsap County. We are grateful to partner with Virginia Mason Franciscan Health and Olympic College to address current challenges, meet the region's future needs, and advance workforce development opportunities for a healthier community," noted County Commissioner Katie Walters.

"This partnership is vital to improving the healthcare system in Kitsap," said County Commissioner Christine Rolfes. "For both young people and mid-career professionals, these specialized programs will provide different career pathways to explore that can improve their employment outlooks close to home, while filling critical workforce needs in our community."

Following the completion of phase one of the Poulsbo Health Sciences Campus in fiscal year 2025, the college will launch phase two, which will focus on the development of a new 40,000-square-foot health sciences building that expands classroom and lab space. It will include a primary care clinic, innovative learning spaces and administrative office spaces. The second phase will also develop new health sciences programs, including dental hygiene, dental assisting and emergency medical technicians. At full capacity, all new programs will enroll more than 600 students at the Poulsbo Health Sciences Campus every year.


About Olympic College
You’re on a journey and Olympic College will help you reach your destination. Cutting edge programs. World-class facilities. Small class sizes. Professors who know you by name. A welcoming community. We offer all of this and more at a fraction of the cost of universities. Your first stop is the Olympic College Welcome Center, where you’ll receive one-on-one help with every step in the admissions process. Start your journey at Olympic.edu.

About Virginia Mason Franciscan Health
Virginia Mason Franciscan Health is an integrated health system serving the Puget Sound region, offering access to some of the country’s most prestigious experts and hospitals that are internationally known for superior quality. With a team of 18,000 team members, including nearly 5,000 employed physicians and affiliated providers, we unite the brightest health care minds in the region to provide world-class clinical excellence at 10 hospitals and nearly 300 sites of care throughout the Puget Sound area. We are
proud to be the home of Bailey-Boushay House, the first skilled nursing and outpatient chronic care management program in the United States designed specifically to meet the needs of people with HIV/AIDS, and Benaroya Research Institute, which is internationally recognized for autoimmune disease research. We embrace our community’s uniquely vibrant, active culture by providing holistic, personalized and patient-centered care. We are committed to caring for the most vulnerable in our communities, especially the poor and underserved, providing more than $300 million in community benefit – free, subsidized, and reduced cost health care and programs.
Learn more at www.vmfh.org

About the Kitsap County Board of Commissioners
The Kitsap County Board of Commissioners is the governing body of Kitsap County. There are three members of the Board and each represents one of three geographical districts. Commissioners work to ensure the delivery of services and programs essential to the continued prosperity of Kitsap County and its residents.
www.kitsapgov.com



County Commissioners approve funding for body and vehicle cameras to equip Sheriff’s Office Deputies12/11/2023

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The Kitsap County Board of Commissioners approved a contract Dec. 4, authorizing Kitsap County Sheriff John Gese to purchase and deploy body-worn and in-vehicle cameras for Kitsap County Sheriff's Deputies. Deployment of the cameras and training with the new state-of-the-art cameras begins in early 2024.

"I am pleased that funding was provided allowing us to move forward on this important project of equipping our deputies with body-worn and in-car cameras," said Sheriff Gese after the contract was approved. 

"It was a collaborative effort with our county commissioners and deputies, who support these efforts. This is a significant step in our goals to provide transparent and accountable public services and allows us to make a significant technological step forward for evidence collection and documentation of our work."

The contract was signed with Axon, a company which is a major manufacturer of police camera systems currently used by other Kitsap County law enforcement agencies. The $4.2 million, five-year contract will equip each commissioned deputy with a body-worn camera and outfit all vehicles used for patrol with a camera that focuses on both the forward view of the vehicle and the rear seat. The contract also allows the Sheriff's Office to purchase the latest camera system that provides high-quality video and audio.

The system is designed for the body-worn cameras and vehicle cameras to work in tandem and along with the patrol vehicle. The system also includes the latest technology in downloading the digital files the cameras create and includes software for searching and redacting video and audio files.

"The Board of Commissioners is pleased to fund these cameras to support the Sheriff's Office in not only increasing their transparency but also the safety of deputies and the public," said Commissioner Charlotte Garrido, chair of the Board of County Commissioners. "Our appreciation goes out to Sheriff Gese and his staff for all the work they put into launching this project."

Contact Information

Kevin McCarty, Communications Manager & Public Information Officer, Kitsap County Sheriff's Office, KMcCarty@kitsap.gov, 360-271-0728


Kitsap County welcomes new County Administrator12/1/2023

Kitsap County Commissioners announce the appointment of Victoria (Torie) Brazitis as Kitsap County Administrator. She fills the position vacated after the July 2023 departure of Karen Goon, who served as administrator since September 2014. Torie begins her job with Kitsap County on January 2, 2024. 
Read the full press release here.

Get prepared for possible high King Tides in Kitsap County11/20/2023
 
 

Kitsap County seeks community assistance to improve accessibility, mobility and safety in right-of-ways10/27/2023



Attend open houses to participate in shaping the future of county parks10/27/2023

​October 27, 2023

We're excited to announce three upcoming Kitsap County Parks, Recreation and Open Space (PROS) Plan Open Houses! Your input is crucial in shaping the future of our community's parks and recreation spaces, and we can't wait to hear your ideas and priorities.

These events will include interactive exhibits, engaging discussions, updates, and creative ways to voice your ideas.

See below for details!

District 1, North Kitsap

Date: Monday, November 6
Time: 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Location: Village Green Community Center
Address: 26159 Dulay Rd NE, Kingston, WA 98346

District 2, South Kitsap

Date: Thursday, November 9
Time: 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Location: Commissioners' Chambers, County Administration Building
Address: 619 Division St, Port Orchard, WA 98366

District 3, Central Kitsap

Date: Tuesday, November 7
Time: 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Location: Presidents Hall (Fairgrounds)
Address: 1200 Fairgrounds Rd NW, Bremerton, WA 98311

We encourage you to bring your ideas, suggestions, and feedback. Together, we can create a vibrant and inclusive parks and recreation system that serves the needs of our communities.

Thank you for your participation and commitment to making Kitsap County a thriving community for all!

Your voice matters! Please take a few moments to complete the survey and encourage your neighbors to do the same.

Please access the PROS Needs and Assessment Survey by clicking the following link: https://new.maptionnaire.com/q/7olv6h8guc87

The PROS Plan aims to evaluate the current parks system inventory and conditions, and propose updates to service standards for parks and trails. We aspire to achieve our goals and objectives while considering various management aspects to offer quality recreation opportunities for both residents and visitors. For more information, visit our PROS Plan page.

We understand your desired quality of life is integral to this plan's success, and we look forward to receiving your valuable insights.

If you have any questions or require further information, please get in touch with us at Parks@Kitsap.gov.

Thank you for your participation and commitment to shaping a brighter future for our parks and community!


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