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Commissioners appoint Green as Treasurer

The Kitsap County Board of Commissioners introduced Meredith Green as the county’s new Treasurer at their March 22 meeting.

“I am honored to have been chosen, and I look forward to serving my community,” said Green, a Certified Public Accountant who lives in Poulsbo.

Earlier this month, the commissioners held private interviews with all three candidates — Green, former Poulsbo Mayor Kathryn Quade and Bremerton resident Isaac Delgado — and discussed their preferences at a study session last week.

Green was appointed to fulfill the unexpired term Barbara Stephenson, who resigned Feb. 17 and is now the financial director for the City of Bremerton.

Since Stephenson was elected as a Democrat, it was up to the party’s precinct committee officers to select three candidates for consideration. Green collected the most votes, with Quade and Delgado in second and third, respectively.

Green will serve the remainder of Stephenson’s term through December, but will be required to win both the primary and general elections in November to serve longer.

“I am the most qualified candidate for this position,” Green said. “My only weakness is that I have never been elected to anything, but that is also a strength because I don’t have any baggage.”

Earlier this month, Kitsap County Consolidated Housing Authority Interim Director Debbie Broughton confirmed that she intends to run for the position in the primary, as a Democrat.

Green was also Stephenson’s first choice, and received an endorsement from former Treasurer Sharon Shrader.

According to Kitsap County’s website, the county treasurer “acts as the ‘bank’ for the county, school districts, fire districts, water districts and other units of local government, the treasurer’s office receipts, disburses, invests, and accounts for the funds of each of these entities.”

Former Port Orchard Independent Staff Writer Charlie Bermant contributed to this report.

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