Kitsap County News

Holiday closures for recycling and garbage facilities and services6/22/2017

(Port Orchard, WA)  The Independence Day holiday, July 4th, results in several changes to drop-off and curbside garbage and recycling. Regular facility schedules resume following the holiday.

Hansville, Silverdale, and Olalla Recycling and Garbage Facilities — Closed Tuesday, July 4th.

Poulsbo Recycle Center — Closed Tuesday, July 4th.

Bainbridge Island Transfer Station — Closed Tuesday, July 4th.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility — Always closed on Tuesdays.

Olympic View Transfer Station — Open

Residential and Commercial Collections for Garbage, Recycling, and Yard Debris:

  • Waste Management and the City of Poulsbo are on their regular schedule.
  • Bainbridge Disposal is closed July 4th. Service will be one day late for the remainder of the holiday week.

For more information, visit or call Kitsap1 at 360.337.5777.

Volunteers needed for summer count of homeless6/22/2017

Volunteers are needed to support the Point-In-Time Count and help gather information about homelessness in Kitsap communities. The count is scheduled for Thursday, July 13 throughout the county. Adult volunteers are needed including college students; those from civic, faith-based and non-profit organizations; veterans; business and neighborhood groups; and bilingual individuals.

Volunteers will be assigned to small teams to survey people experiencing homelessness where they live. Team leaders are also needed, including social service providers, mental health professionals, faith-based outreach groups and others. Data collected during the count will inform local, state and federal funders about the scope of homelessness in Kitsap County and help channel funding and other resources to local communities to help people exit life on the streets and prevent homelessness.

No experience is needed. Trailing will be provided. Pre-registration is required at or contact Kitsap County Housing & Homelessness Program Specialist Amy Musselwhite at Registered volunteers will be contact directly by team leaders the first week of July.


Contact:  Amy Musselwhite, Kitsap County Housing & Homelessness Program Specialist. (360) 337-7287,

Construction begins July 18 on new Seabeck Holly Road bridge6/20/2017


Kitsap County Public Works begins construction of a new bridge on Seabeck Holly Road at the Anderson Creek crossing beginning July 18, 2017. The anticipated completion date of the project is December 2017.  The new bridge replaces an existing 29-foot timber bridge built in 1950 that is showing signs of deterioration. The new bridge is a 50-foot concrete girder bridge with reinforced concrete abutments. It will provide improved safety for motorists, better stream function in Carpenter Creek, and will prevent bridge scour during high tide events.

Seabeck Holly Road is the main route into the Holly community therefore the road will remain open at all times during construction. Travel is restricted to one lane of alternating traffic in the work zone. During work hours, flaggers will direct traffic through the work area minimizing delays to the maximum extent possible. During evening and non-work hours, motorist must follow yield signs posted at both ends of the bridge. Immediate access for emergency vehicles is maintained at all times.

The contractor, Pacific Pile and Marine, is completing the project under a $1.1 million construction contract. The work will occur during normal working hours, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

To learn more about the project go to

Washington tops nation in support for seniors, adults with disabilities6/20/2017

(Port Orchard, WA) - Washington was ranked first in the nation for supporting seniors, adults with disabilities and family caregivers based on measures such as accessibility, choice, quality of life, caregiver support and transitions between health facilities and home. The AARP released its annual report June 14, recognizing the state's accomplishments.

The third edition of the State Long-Term Services and Supports Scorecard highlights changes states are facing as the number of older citizens continues to increase and is expected to double in the next 20 years, according to the Washington Department of Social and Health Services.

"This recognition is wonderful to receive," said Kitsap County Commissioner Rob Gelder. "There is no manual for aging gracefully.  What we do know is that it's different for everyone and we need systems in place that can be nimble and responsive to the concerns of our seniors and their families. That's why how we respond locally and across the state is so important."

Washington's ranking confirms decades of commitment to person-centered care for individuals and their caregivers through innovative service models. The state was also recognized for making improvements in the percent of Medicaid and state funding that goes to older people and adults with physical disabilities, subsidized housing opportunities and improving quality of care.

"Washington state has always led the way on health care, and now AARP confirms that our state's long-term care policies foster individual dignity and choice so people can be cared for at home and in their communities," Governor Jay Inslee said. "All of these important gains are now threatened because of actions in Congress to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act with deep cuts to long-term care services and support. As Medicaid is the largest insurer of these services, many seniors will lose coverage. I will fight to make sure our seniors and others are getting the services they need so that Washington state can continue to be the best in the country."

Credited with the high ratings is the strong network of caregivers, providers, social workers, nurses, and many others who help Washingtonians continue to have choices in how they live their lives.

"The Kitsap County Division of Aging and Long-Term Care is dedicated to providing quality services, and linking individuals to local resources to enable seniors to age in place.  Most seniors, and their caregivers, are not aware of our free services to support choices for aging in Kitsap," said Stacey Smith, administrator of the county's Division of Aging and Long-Term Care.

Washington's ranking also emphasizes decades of commitment to person-centered care for individuals and their caregivers through innovative service models and making improvements in the percentage of Medicaid and state funding that goes to older people and adults with physical disabilities, subsidized housing opportunities and improving the quality of care in assisted living homes.

"We live in challenging times. We are fortunate to live in a county that provides leadership and funding to support seniors as they navigate through their aging journey," said Mari Van Court, chair of the Kitsap County Area Agency on Aging Advisory Board.

For more information on the Kitsap County Division of Aging and Long-Term Care, go to or call the Kitsap County Senior Information and Assistance line and Caregiver Support Center at (360) 337-5700 or (800) 562-6418.

Kitsap County recognized for using alternative fuels6/16/2017

​(Port Orchard, WA) - Kitsap County Public Works recently received a "Best Achievement" award from Western Washington Clean Cities for use propane autogas as fuel in select fleet vehicles. 

"It's great that county staff and our investments in alternatively fueled vehicles is being recognized by the Department of Energy. This not only makes environmental sense, it makes financial sense without compromising the functionality of our fleet," said Commissioner Rob Gelder. 

The County converted 10 vehicles to run on propane autogas and installed new on-site fueling facilities. "Kitsap County is a leader in implementing efficient business practices and this recognition highlights and confirms our commitment to energy and cost savings while contributing to healthier communities," said Commissioner Ed Wolfe.

"Alternative fuels can burn cleaner than conventional gasoline, and are often more cost-effective for some vehicles," according to Keith Swearingen, Equipment Services Manager for Public Works.  "We continue to explore and evaluate alternate fuel sources, including electric, to power the County's fleet."

About Western Washington Clean Cities:
Western Washington Clean Cities is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to expanding the use of alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technologies. A program of the U.S. Department of Energy, it provides education, technical expertise, networking opportunities and funding assistance to help members invest in local, sustainable transportation solutions. For more information, go to .


Contact: Keith Swearingen, Equipment Services Division Manager, 360.337.5777 or

Kevin Kelly appointed as new District Court Judge6/14/2017

​(PORT ORCHARD, WA) - The Kitsap County Board of Commissioners appointed Port Orchard resident and Kitsap County Prosecuting Attorney Kevin P. Kelly as District Court Judge at their regular business meeting June 12. Mr. Kelly's appointment is through 2018 to complete the term of the Honorable Judge Stephen Holman who is retiring the end of the month after serving in the position since 2006. Mr. Kelly will officially take the seat July 1.

"Kevin has served the citizens of this county for over 27 years with distinction and compassion. We look forward to his continued contributions to this community in his new capacity as judge," said Charlotte Garrido, chair of the Board of Commissioners.

Mr. Kelly, currently Chief Deputy for the District Court Division of the Prosecuting Attorney's Office and a deputy prosecutor since 1990, has presided over trials for a wide range of crimes, including homicides. He has argued before the Court of Appeals and the state Supreme Court. The last three years, his emphasis has been overseeing deputy prosecutors who practice in District Court and involvement in Kitsap's Behavioral Health Court and Veterans Drug Treatment Court.

"The District Court looks forward to working with Kevin," said Presiding Judge Jeffrey J. Jahns. "He has an impressive legal background and is an excellent addition to the court."

A graduate of Kent State University, he earned a law degree from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and was admitted to practice in 1989. He is a member of Washington Association of Prosecuting Attorneys District Court Committee and has lectured on prosecutorial ethics and family support issues. He also served on the Washington Statewide Family Council and the Child Support Judicial Case Processing Task Force.

His community involvement includes service on the Kitsap Humane Society Board, and as a youth court mentor and a member of the South Kitsap Rotary Club.

"The number and quality of candidates who participated in the process was impressive," said County Commissioner Ed Wolfe. "It made the selection process challenging and instilled great confidence in me that there are highly capable attorneys in the community who could step into any future vacancy on the Kitsap County bench and be a great success."

Mr. Kelly was selected from a pool of eight applicants. The Kitsap County District Court, also known as the "People's Court," has jurisdiction over misdemeanors and gross misdemeanor crimes, which carry a maximum penalty of one year in jail and/or a $5,000 fine. District Court also has jurisdiction in civil cases up to $100,000.

"This process was challenging to the applicants. We appreciated the time and effort they put into completing the application and submitting themselves to scrutiny by the Board as well as the local bar," said Commissioner Rob Gelder. "We also extend our thanks to District Court Presiding Judge Jahns and wish Judge Holman well on his retirement."

Judge Kevin P. Kelly
Judge Kevin P. Kelly


Contact: Karen Goon, Administrator, 360.337.7080 or

Getting ready for Medicare? Learn more at free class June 226/12/2017

Are you turning age 65? Will you soon be eligible for Medicare? A free "Welcome to Medicare" class is being offered from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 22 in the Orchid Room of Harrison Medical Center, 1800 Myhre Rd, Silverdale. The event is sponsored by the local Kitsap County State Health Insurance Benefits Assistance (SHIBA) program and the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner.

The class will provide information on Medicare Parts A and B; Medicare supplement and advantage plans; Part D prescription drug plans; and fraud prevention. Walk-ins are welcome to the class but pre-registration is preferred as space is limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

To register, call (800) 562-6418 or contact the Kitsap County SHIBA program at (360) 337-5700. A class flyer is available here.


Commissioners to hold hearings on the Critical Areas Ordinance 6/9/2017

​(Port Orchard, WA)  The Board of County Commissioners is scheduled to hold three public hearings on the Draft Critical Areas Ordinance (CAO). These hearings follow a public review period in March, Planning Commission hearings in April/May, and Planning Commission Findings and Recommendations on June 6, 2017. 

The hearings on the Critical Areas Ordinance will be on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, June 20, Poulsbo City Hall (200 NW Moe Street, Poulsbo, WA 98370)- SPECIAL MEETING
    • Open House @ 4:30 PM
    • Hearing @ 5:30 PM
  • Wednesday, June 21, Silverdale Water District (5300  NW Newberry Hill Road, Suite #100, Silverdale, WA 98383)- SPECIAL MEETING
    • Open House @ 9:00 AM
    • Hearing @ 10:00 AM
  • Monday, June 26, Commissioners Chambers, Kitsap County Administrative Building (619 Division Street, Port Orchard, WA 98466)
    • Open House @ 4:30 PM
    • Hearing @ 5:30 PM

The Kitsap County Critical Areas Ordinance is undergoing a required update under the Washington Growth Management Act.  The CAO (Kitsap County Code, Title 19), is the portion of local code which provides development standards for protecting the environment and minimizing risk to human safety. Critical Areas include:

  • Wetlands,
  • Fish and Wildlife Habitat Conservation Areas,
  • Geologically Hazardous Areas,
  • Frequently Flooded Areas, and
  • Critical Aquifer Recharge Areas.

More information is available on the County's CAO webpage .

Craig Adams appointed as new county Information Services Director6/9/2017

​(Port Orchard, WA)  The Kitsap County Board of Commissioners is pleased to announce the promotion of Craig Adams as the new Information Services Director to replace Bud Harris upon his retirement November 30, 2017 after 18 years of service. Mr. Adams will serve as acting director beginning October 9 and assume the position fully December 1.

"Promoting Craig affords the County continuity in leadership," said Commissioner Charlotte Garrido, chair of the Board of Commissioners. "He knows Kitsap County's technology environment and work culture, and has developed relationships with county elected and appointed officials.  We are fortunate to have such a highly qualified internal candidate and look forward to the ideas and leadership he will bring to the organization."

Mr. Adams, a Poulsbo resident and veteran of the Navy's nuclear program, joined Kitsap County in 1997. He has an advanced degree in information systems and technology, and extensive familiarity with the county's technology systems. Craig has worked in several positions here. He started as a computer specialist, became a programmer/analyst, served as the interim GIS manager and most recently, as the County's Application Services Manager. Craig has been instrumental in negotiating our strategic enterprise software contracts, and is a driving force in strategic information systems strategies.

Information Services is the central information technology hub for Kitsap County, and provides software development and support, network infrastructure, network solutions, and cyber security to all County departments and some other local entities. The department also maintains telephone and video capabilities, land-based geographic information systems and crime record databases for law enforcement and first responders. He has been a key member in the creation of the County's current strategic technology vision and will continue to work towards implementing and expanding it.

"I am very excited with the opportunity to lead Kitsap County's Information Services Department as we adapt to future technologies and pursue innovation," Mr. Adams notes. "I look forward to continuing to work with a great technology team and leaders within and across Kitsap."

Craig Adams, new Information Services Director

Craig Adams, new Information Services Director


Contact: Karen Goon, County Administrator, 360.337.7080 or 

Change of Value Notices Mailed6/7/2017

​(Port Orchard, WA)  The Kitsap County's Assessor's office has mailed 97,643 change-of-value notices to residential and commercial property taxpayers throughout Kitsap County. They begin arriving Monday, June 12.

The Assessor is required by state law to appraise property at 100% of market value.  These notices are based on property sales that have occurred since January 1, 2016 and will be used when calculating property tax obligations payable in 2018.

Taxpayers can check their values and characteristics in the "Parcel Details" feature on the Assessor's website here. Sales trends for the county are also available on the website as well as information regarding the various property tax exemption programs.

Anyone with questions or concerns about their 2018 value may contact the Assessor's Office at 360.337.7160 or email  Property owners who choose to appeal their value to the Board of Equalization must have their appeal postmarked by Friday, August 11, 2017.

Kitsap County Assessor's Office:


Contact:  Phil Cook, Kitsap County Assessor, or 360.337.7085

Volunteers needed for Sheriff’s Office Citizens On Patrol5/26/2017

Applications are now open for volunteers dedicated to helping others who want to support the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office while improving the quality of life for citizens. The Citizens On Patrol program offers the opportunity to interact with the community, enforce handicap parking regulations, help with boat inspections, conduct security/vacation checks on homes and be the eyes and ears of law enforcement.

Volunteers are also trained to assist with traffic control, mark and process abandoned vehicles on county right-of-way, and perform junk vehicle VIN inspections. COPs work in teams of two. Training, uniforms and vehicles are provided.

Volunteers must be able to pass extensive criminal and credit background checks including a polygraph exam, have an excellent driving record and commit to a minimum of 16 hours per month and two-hour monthly training sessions and meetings for at least a year. Those working full time or serving on active military duty may find it difficult to meet these time commitments.

For information on this and other volunteer opportunities and to apply to the Citizens On Patrol program, click here or contact Kitsap County Volunteer Services at (360) 337-4650,

Stormwater Open House May 24 in Sunnyslope5/16/2017

(Port Orchard, WA)  Kitsap County Public Works Stormwater Division is hosting a Stormwater Open House in Sunnyslope.

Stormwater Open House
May 24, 2017
4:30-7 p.m.
Sunnyslope Community Club

Please join us at the open house to address questions or concerns about stormwater drainage or flooding issues on or near your property. We want to hear from you. Stormwater staff will be available to listen to your concerns and gather input regarding our services and programs. They will also be available to answer questions and provide a variety of brochures and resources.

This is a great opportunity to learn more about the Stormwater Division's services as well as the Clean Water Kitsap program. Clean Water Kitsap is a partnership program between Kitsap County Public Works, the Kitsap Public Health District, Kitsap Conservation District and WSU-Extension. We work together to protect water quality by identifying and reducing sources of pollution, providing technical assistance for a variety of best management practices related to septic systems, livestock manure management, rain gardens and more.

There will be several open houses held around Kitsap County during May and June so if you can't attend this one, visit the link to find another date and location.


Contact:  Eva Crim, Water Quality Program Manager, Stormwater Division (360) 337-5777

Holiday closures for recycling and garbage facilities5/12/2017

​(Port Orchard, WA) –The Memorial Day holiday results in several changes to dropoff recycling and garbage facilities.

  • Hansville, Silverdale, and Olalla Recycling and
    Garbage Facilities

    Closed Monday, May 29, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. Regular schedules resume following the holiday.

  • Poulsbo Recycle Center
    Always closed on Mondays.

  • Bainbridge Transfer Station
    Always closed on Mondays.

  • Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility
    Always closed on Mondays.

  • Olympic View Transfer Station

  • Residential and Commercial Collections for Garbage, Recycling, and Yard Debris
    Bainbridge Disposal, Waste Management, and the City of Poulsbo will offer service on their regular schedule.

For more information, visit or
call Kitsap 1 at 360-337-5777.


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