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Puyallup judge now an elected position

Post by Melissa Santos / The Olympian on May 29, 2009 at 4:47 pm with No Comments »
May 29, 2009 4:47 pm

For the first time in Puyallup history, the city will have a publicly elected municipal court judge.

Citizens can file with the Pierce County Auditor’s office next week — June 1 through June 5.

For years, Puyallup’s judge position has been part-time and appointed by the mayor.

But citing an ever-increasing municipal court caseload, the Puyallup City Council voted in June 2008 to create a full-time judge position that is elected by voters.

Council members appointed Stephen Shelton, the city’s longtime judge, to fill the position temporarily until it could be filled by an election in November 2009.

Prior to his appointment to the full-time position, Shelton worked part-time handling Puyallup’s cases for 15 years.

Shelton said Friday that he plans to run for the position in November. The full-time office comes with a salary of $127,521 a year.

Challengers can cough up the $1,200 filing fee and sign up through the auditor’s office. More information, as well as a list of all open positions in the county, can be found here.

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