2017 Recommended Budget

Snohomish County government touches on some of the most important issues facing our community. From keeping the public safe, to providing housing for a rapidly growing population, to protecting our environment, to expanding our transportation system: County government is not distant and abstract, but right here in the communities we serve, working hard to make life better for our residents in practical and achievable ways. 

I’d like to thank those County Council members who are here today. Also, I’d like to thank the other elected officials, department directors, and staff who worked hard to help us craft this budget. I greatly value your partnership.

Snohomish County Capital Improvement Program.

State Of the County 2016 - Executive Somers and Hewitt

State of Snohomish County 2016

​Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers gave his first State of the County address on June 29, 2016. He had been county executive for six months and gave his vision on How to Move Snohomish County forward in the coming years.

Executive Dave Somers

Dave Somers Public Oath of Office and Initial Remarks

Presiding Judge Linda Krese administered the oath of office to incoming County Executive Dave Somers on January 4 at a public ceremony attended by his family, friends, and County staff. Following the oath of office, Executive Somers delivered the initial remarks of his new administration.
​ ◦View the event video including the initial remarks delivered by Dave Somers
​◦Text of the initial remarks speech (310 kb PDF)

County Executive tasks

The executive is elected to a four-year term and is limited to serving three terms in office. The executive oversees and administers county government to ensure that it meets the County Charter, state constitution, and other applicable federal, state and local laws.

The executive:

  • Supervises executive departments
  • Enforces ordinances and statutes within the county
  • Presents an annual state of affairs to the County Council
  • Prepares and presents an annual budget
  • Prepares and presents comprehensive capital improvement plans for current and future development
  • Nominates members to county boards and commissions