Dave Somers took office as the Fifth Snohomish County Executive on January 1, 2016, having served previously on the Snohomish County Council. Dave is focused on developing policies to make our community safer, healthier, more sustainable, and more prosperous. He has spent his career in public service working for fiscal accountability and being a responsible steward of the public’s resources.
Dave manages twelve diverse departments of the Snohomish County government, including Paine Field Airport, Emergency Management, Human Services, Public Works, Medical Examiner, and Planning and Development Services, to name a few. County government touches every family, whether getting a permit, voting, engaging with the justice system, or enjoying the Evergreen State Fair.
Dave believes more must be done to create regional partnerships, improve customer service, and build sustainable finances for Snohomish County. He is committed to improving the delivery of services to the public and ensuring everything possible is being done to protect the most vulnerable members of our community. Dave has championed agriculture and sustainable development as the smartest way to preserve what makes Snohomish County a great place to live.
Dave is a Boardmember of the National Association of Counties and County Executives in America, providing a voice for Snohomish County in regional and national policymaking. Dave is also on the board of the Puget Sound Regional Council and Sound Transit, focusing delivering light rail to Lynnwood, Paine Field, and Everett as quickly as possible.
Dave is a proud graduate of the University of Washington, where he earned a master’s degree in forest ecology and a BS in fisheries science.