Decker appointed Municipal Court Judge

"Tarrell (Tarry) Decker, a Silverdale attorney, accepted an appointment this week as the next Port Orchard Municipal Court Judge.According to Mayor Jay Weatherill, she is expected to be officially sworn in Dec. 27 at a City Council meeting, after which she could take the bench Jan. 3.Decker said she is looking forward to working in Port Orchard and hopes to “bring respect to the job.”Former Municipal Court judge Martin P. Mittet resigned Dec. 3 after a state judicial oversight committee in Olympia censured him on several counts of misconduct.Mittet had presided for 10 years when he resigned, cutting short his most recent employment contract that extended through December 2001. Richard B. Jones, a Port Orchard attorney, will be the interim judge until Decker can make her official start.Decker’s experience includes work as a substitute judge in Port Orchard, Silverdale and Poulsbo courts. She’s handled criminal and civil matters including jury and bench trials, small-claims actions, arraignments and pretrial hearings.She also was an assistant city attorney for Port Orchard from 1987 to 1989.“She is just very well qualified,” Weatherill said of Decker, who is a lawyer in the Ryan, Sells, Uptegraft Inc. law firm. Weatherill and the City Council offered Decker the $45,000-a-year, part-time judge job over 14 other applicants.In 1998, Decker entered the local political landscape,and ran for Kitsap County District Court judges. She lost in the primary election but has remained active in other community work. The Seattle University Law School graduate says she is a member of the Kitsap County Domestic Violence Task Force, serves as vice president of Kitsap County YWCA, is president of the Kitsap County chapter of National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, and is active on the Health, Human Services and Housing Board in Bainbridge Island.Decker and her husband, Jim, an accountant and former airline pilot, have been married for 33 years. They have three children."

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