Should the King County Sheriff be elected by the People or appointed by the County Executive?

That’s the question in front of the King County Council right now, and they will hold a special meeting on Monday, July 13, 2020 to discuss the issue.

In November, voters may be asked to vote for a charter amendment that moves the Sheriff from an elected position to an appointed one. The King County Charter Commission recently recommended that the County Executive select a Sheriff, who would then be confirmed by the County Council.

In 1996, this issue was on the ballot in King County. At that time, voters decided the Sheriff should no longer be appointed, but instead should be elected by the people.

King County Councilmembers will hold a special committee meeting & Town Hall on Monday, July 13, 2020, from 12 – 1 p.m.

There are three ways to watch or listen in to the meeting:

  1. Join live on Facebook at No Facebook account required.
  2. Stream online via this link: or input the link web address into your web browser.
  3. Watch King County TV Channel 22 (Comcast Channel 22 and 322(HD), Wave Broadband Channel 22)

If you would like to have your voice heard, please submit questions for Councilmembers by emailing [email protected]