Stephanie Wright at Paine Field. (Photo courtesy of Snohomish County)

Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers announced Monday that he has hired Stephanie Wright as the county’s executive policy officer.

A county council member who has represented the towns of Edmonds and Lynnwood and the town of Woodway since 2010, Wright resigned from his elected 3rd District office on Monday to assume the new role, which begins on Tuesday.

In her work, Wright will focus on the county’s federal and state legislative priorities, develop and implement important policy goals, including the integration of the Snohomish Health District, help educate regional organizations, and maintain strong relationships. with cities, tribes and other partners.

“Stephanie has a sharp mind and deep experience in all policy areas important to residents of Snohomish County,” Somers said. “Stephanie led the board of health through the pandemic, served as board chair for many years, and knows county government inside out. I want leaders in our office who can not only solve problems, but also make sure county government works for everyone.

“I am delighted to take on this new role within Snohomish County. It has been the honor of a lifetime to represent the people of my district on county council, and I look forward to continuing to serve the needs of all who call Snohomish County home,” Wright said. “We have many challenges ahead as we work to increase public safety, solve the affordable housing crisis, protect our critical areas and prepare for a new generation of public transit options. We are tackling these challenges head-on to strengthen our community and economy and improve the quality of life for all of our residents.

As for the selection of Wright’s replacement, under the county charter and state constitution, since Wright was a Democrat, Snohomish County Democrats will choose three nominees via a vote of his precinct committee officers. . These names will then be submitted to the board for consideration.