Article 3 — The Executive Branch

Section 3.10 Composition and Powers

The executive branch shall be composed of the county executive, the county assessor, the county auditor, the county clerk, the prosecuting attorney, the county sheriff, the county treasurer, the officers and employees of executive departments established by this charter or created by the county council and the members of boards and commissions except those that exercise quasi-judicial powers. The executive branch shall have all executive powers of the county under this charter.

Section 3.20 Powers and Duties of County Executive

As chief executive officer, the county executive shall have all the executive powers of the county which are not expressly vested in other elective officers by this charter. The county executive shall have the power to:

1. Supervise all appointed executive departments established by this charter or created by the county council;

2. Execute and enforce all ordinances and state statutes within the county, subject to Section 3.120;

3. Present to the county council an annual statement of the governmental affairs of the county and any other report which the county executive may deem necessary;

4. Prepare and present to the county council a proposed budget and a budget message setting forth proposals for the county during the next fiscal year;

5. Prepare and present to the county council comprehensive plans including capital improvement plans for the present and future development of the county;

6. Veto any ordinance adopted by the county council except as otherwise provided in this charter;

7. Assign duties to appointed executive departments which are not specifically assigned by this charter or by ordinance;

8. Sign or cause to be signed, on behalf of the county, all claims, deeds, contracts, and other instruments;

9. Nominate members of all county boards and commissions;

10. Employ legal counsel as allowed by the laws of the state of Washington;

11. Conduct any and all collective bargaining on behalf of the county and county officers in accordance with guidelines set by the county council and as allowed by the laws of the state of Washington.

The specific statement of particular executive powers shall not be construed as limiting the executive powers of the county executive.

(Amended during General Election, Nov. 5, 1996, Eff date Nov. 30, 1996).

Section 3.30 Election — Terms of Office

The county executive shall be nominated and elected by the voters of the county for a term of four years and until a successor is elected and qualified.

Section 3.40 Appointments by County Executive and Confirmation

The county executive shall nominate, and by and with the advice and consent of a majority of the county council, shall appoint the chief officer of each executive department and office, except the separately elected offices. The executive shall notify the council in writing upon making an appointment. The council shall confirm or reject the appointment by motion within sixty days of the appointment. Failure to confirm or reject an appointment within sixty days shall constitute council consent to the appointment. An appointee whose appointment is rejected by the council shall not be reappointed to the same position for a period of one year from the date of council action. The county executive may appoint a confidential secretary and a deputy county executive without council confirmation.

(Amended during General Election, Nov. 8, 2016, Eff date Dec. 9, 2016).

Section 3.50 Acting County Executive

The deputy county executive shall be the acting county executive and shall perform the duties of the county executive during the latter’s temporary inability to perform by reason of absence from the county or disability. If a vacancy occurs in the office of the county executive, the acting county executive shall serve until the vacancy is filled pursuant to this charter.

Section 3.60 Appointments by the Chief Officers

The chief officer of each executive department shall appoint all officers and employees of the office or department and shall comply with the rules of the personnel system when appointing officers and employees to positions covered by the personnel system.

Section 3.70 Qualifications

The chief officers of appointed executive departments shall be selected on the basis of their abilities, qualifications, integrity and prior experience concerning the duties of the office to which they shall be appointed.

Section 3.90 The Executive Departments

The executive departments shall consist of the departments of the county assessor, the county auditor, the county clerk, the county sheriff, the county treasurer and those agencies of the executive branch which are primarily engaged in the execution and enforcement of ordinances and statutes concerning the public peace, health and safety and which furnish or provide governmental services directly to or for the residents of Snohomish county.

Section 3.100 Election and Term of Office

There is hereby created by the adoption of this charter the offices of county assessor, county auditor, county clerk, prosecuting attorney, county sheriff and county treasurer. These elected officers shall be nominated and elected by the voters of the county, and their terms of office shall be four years and until their successors are elected and qualified.

(Amended during General Election, Nov. 7, 2006, Eff date Jan. 1, 2007).

Section 3.110 Powers and Duties

The county assessor, auditor, clerk, treasurer and sheriff established under this charter shall have the powers and duties established by ordinance. All executive departments and elected officers shall be subject to the personnel, budgeting, expenditure and any other policies established by the county council.

Section 3.120 County Prosecuting Attorney

The county prosecuting attorney shall have all the powers, authorities and duties granted to and imposed upon a prosecuting attorney by state law and as provided by this charter.

Section 3.130 Commission on Human Rights

The county council shall establish by ordinance a county commission on human rights to serve in an advisory capacity to the county executive, county council, and other county officers and agencies, as determined by the council, on matters concerning human rights. The commission shall have authority to advise the county executive and council on all matters involving human rights, including but not limited to unlawful discrimination, and shall recommend executive or legislative action when needed to effectuate the policy of Section 9.05. At least one commissioner shall reside in each county council district. The commission shall meet at least quarterly.