New Bainbridge judge to be sworn in this week

Sara McCulloch will be sworn in as Bainbridge Island
Sara McCulloch will be sworn in as Bainbridge Island's new municipal court judge at the city council meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 4.
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Sara L. McCulloch, Bainbridge Island's pick for Municipal Court Judge, will be sworn in at this week's city council meeting.

The Bainbridge Island City Council confirmed City Manager Doug Schulze's nomination to appoint McCulloch at the Nov. 13 council meeting.

McCulloch was one of four finalists for the position. She has worked in criminal law for the last 13 years. With her new role with the city of Bainbridge Island, McCulloch will be leaving the King County Prosecutor's Office where she served as a senior deputy prosecuting attorney and senior specialist in sex offender registration related cases and issues.

McCulloch will take over the duties of Judge Kathryn Carruthers.

Carruthers informed the city earlier this year that she would not be seeking another term. Her current term expires Dec. 31.

Twelve people applied for the judge's post. City officials sited McCulloch's long history of public service as a prosecutor, domestic violence advocate and volunteer and her experience handling thousands of criminal cases with the county prosecutor's office as reasons for her nomination.

McCulloch earned her juris degree at Boston College Law School in 2000. She received her bachelor of arts degree in political science from Western Washington University in 1995.

McCulloch will be sworn in as Bainbridge Island's new Municipal Court Judge at the beginning of this week's council meeting.

The city council meets at 7 p.m. every Wednesday in city hall.

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