Press Release


Kittitas County Board of Commissioners announce selection process for Sheriff successor

Kittitas County, WA - 09/25/2019 - The Kittitas County Board of Commissioners is accepting letters of interest from individuals who would like to be considered for appointment to the upcoming vacancy of the Kittitas County Sheriff’s office.

On September 19, the Board received a letter from Sheriff Gene Dana notifying them that he would be retiring on October 31.   The Board is now tasked with appointing a qualified person to fill the vacancy until the next general election in 2020.  Since Sheriff Dana ran as an Independent, there is no party affiliated to put forth a slate of three candidates. Therefore, the Board has chosen to assemble a panel of representatives from local law enforcement agencies to review qualifications of prospective candidates.  After the panel has concluded their review, they will be tasked with recommending their top three candidates to the Board of County Commissioners. The Board may then choose to select one of the three at a Special Meeting on November 1.  
Kittitas County Board of Commissioners Chairman Cory Wright stated, “When an official with the breadth of experience and history of service like Sheriff Dana leaves office, a huge void is left that must be filled with the right successor.  By bringing in agencies that have historically worked in close cooperation with the Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office, we believe this will help us to not only narrow the field down to the most qualified candidates but also bring objectivity and fairness to the process.”
The Board of County Commissioners will hold a Special Meeting on Friday November 1, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. in the Commissioners Auditorium to consider the panel’s recommendations, interview the top three candidates, and potentially make the appointment to the position of Kittitas County Sheriff. 
Candidates must reside in Kittitas County and have the necessary credentials to serve in law enforcement or obtain within twelve months of assuming office a certificate of completion of a basic law enforcement training program as per RCW 36.28.025.  Letters of interest may be submitted to the Kittitas County Commissioners’ office no later than 5:00 p.m. on October 11, 2019. They can be dropped off at 205 West 5th Avenue, Room 108 in Ellensburg or emailed to

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Contact: Cory Wright, Kittitas County Commissioner