Bainbridge Judge Carruthers leaving after current term

Bainbridge Island's Municipal Court Judge Kathryn Carruthers will leave the position at the end of the year, the city announced Friday.

Carruthers' current four-year term will conclude on Dec. 31. The judge notified City Manager Doug Schulze that she will not seek reappointment on July 2.

"It has been difficult decision, but given the undeniable fact that my life does not have an unlimited term, it is time for me to pursue other opportunities, roles and activities in the community," Carruthers wrote Schulze in her resignation letter.

The judge said that she valued the community's support and was grateful for the efforts to keep the court on the island.

"I will also take these next months to consider other professional options, and on completion of my term, I plan to re-engage with Bainbridge Island's vital nonprofit organizations and to spend more time with my family, friends and grandchildren," she wrote.

The city will begin searching for Carruthers' replacement in the fall.

“I thank Judge Carruthers for her service to the citizens of Bainbridge Island,” Schulze said. “I appreciate her dedication to the delivery of fair and equal justice, and wish her the best in her future."

Carruthers took on the job of the island's municipal judge in 2006, and was reappointed in 2009.

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