Garth Fell seeks Snohomish County auditor position
Last updated 1/16/2019 at Noon
Snohomish County Elections Manager Garth Fell has announced that he will run in 2019 to be the next Snohomish County auditor.
The auditor oversees elections, recording, licensing, and animal services. The job will pay $136,356 annually.
“I am running for county auditor because I have a passion for the work we perform in the auditor's office and understand its impact on our neighbors and Snohomish County community,” he said.
“The office provides an opportunity for people to have a voice in their government through elections, allows people to secure their property rights through document recording, and provides important licensing and animal services.”
Fell, 45, lives in unincorporated Snohomish County.
Fell said he wants the public to understand that the core functions of the auditor's office are not county finance, as the name might suggest.
“My goal is to ensure that the auditor's office continues to provide the accurate, transparent, efficient, customer-focused services the residents of Snohomish County deserve.”
Over the next four years, Fell said, the auditor's office will conduct another important presidential election, implement redistricting plans following the 2020 census, execute new state laws related to voter registration, install a new recording system, and respond to many other needs and challenges.
“It will be critical to have an experienced, nonpartisan professional leading the office,” he said. “I have 20 years of management experience in the core auditor's office functions. I am the current county elections manager and have successfully administered over 80 elections, including five presidential elections and numerous recounts.”
Fell also has managed the document recording division of the office for seven years.
“I understand county government and have led my teams and divisions to achieve nationally recognized results,” he said.
Fell has the support of current County Auditor Carolyn Weikel, whose term expires at the end of the year.
“Garth is an experienced, proven professional dedicated to making local government responsive, transparent and accessible for Snohomish County residents,” Weikel said.
“He understands the complexities of county government, and his experience in administering local, state and federal elections is unmatched.”
Fell graduated from the University of Washington, is a member of the Rotary Club of Everett, has coached youth basketball, and serves in his local church.
Fell is married, has three adult children and an active Pomeranian.