Kirke Sievers*, D - Snohomish County Council
Occupation: Snohomish County Council member
Education: B.A., business education, University of Washington; master's certificate in finance, University of Tennessee
Community/political experience: County Council member, District 2, eight years; Snohomish County treasurer, 21 years; business teacher, Marysville School District, six years
Campaign Web site: none
1. How will you address your top three priorities for the position?
1. Transportation: Rethink every program and expenditure. 2. Criminal justice: Support data integration among departments; release misdemeanants and consider alternative sentences. 3. Land use: Provide services in growing communities and work toward transportation concurrency.
2. What service/staff member/capital project would you most want to add to the department you'd head?
A general-purpose county museum. We have the Tulalip and Stillaguamish tribes, local historians, photographers and others who can share information on the county's history and diverse cultural heritage.
3. The majority of the budget goes to criminal-justice expenditures. Should they be scaled back or other services cut instead?
We can't keep anything off the table this year. I would look at all programs in criminal justice and require an honest prioritization from department heads. We may, for example, have to forgo purely discretionary programs, reduce the number of employees, phase in the new jail or close the old one.