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Jackie is a lifelong resident of Skagit County graduating from Burlington Edison High School. Jackie worked her way through college and graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting. She is also a graduate of Leadership Skagit class of 2013, best class ever. Jackie and her husband David will be celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary on election day this year. Jackie has two amazing daughters, Annie, a graduate of Western Washington University and Zoe, currently attending Washington State University. Jackie has worked for Skagit County for 26 years and running for Treasurer is an opportunity for her to serve the citizens of Skagit County in a higher capacity. She started her career in public service working for Jerry McInturff in the Auditor’s Office. While working in the Auditors Office, she was selected to serve on a team that wrote the request for proposal for a new financial system. Additionally, she served on the implementation team that set up the payroll system that they still use today. After 4 years in the Auditor’s Office she went to work for the Sheriff’s Office. She served as the Sheriff’s Office accountant and in 2002 she was appointed by Sheriff Rick Grimstead to serve as Chief of Administrative Services. Sheriff Will Reichardt renewed that appointment in 2010. When people ask her what she does at the Sheriff’s Office her response is usually “I am the Jackie of all trades”. The condensed version is that she prepares and manages the $25 million dollar budget, and supervises the accounting, records, and civil divisions. One of her proudest accomplishments was last year when there was a lack of applicants for Corrections deputies; the existing process did not deliver enough candidates. The jail was going to open and there wasn't enough people to work in it. With this staffing challenge, she undertook a novel, more affirmative recruitment process and as a result is proud to say the jail was opened on time fully staffed. For this, she received the Sheriff's Award. Jackie has served on several local and statewide boards usually in the role of Treasurer. She has also volunteered 9 years on the Northwest Incident Management team as the Finance Section Chief, responding to major incidents such as the Skagit River Bridge Collapse and the Oso Slide. Most recently, Jackie has been a 4-H leader and has volunteered for Special Olympics, Sheriff’s Office Benevolent Association, Burlington Parks and Rec, and the Anacortes Chamber of Commerce. She has also been a coach for Leadership Skagit for two years and continues to serve on the Law and Justice Day Committee. “I am very proud of the career I’ve had at Skagit County and I look forward to taking it a step further. I bring to the table a wealth of institutional knowledge and great working relationships with nearly every department in the County as well as other local agencies. I believe these qualities are essential in running efficient and effective government. I also bring to the table a strong desire to serve my community and to provide the best customer service to our citizens. I have devoted my career to serving the citizens of Skagit County with professionalism and competence. I am a dedicated public servant.” -Jackie Brunson-
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“I am very proud of the career I’ve had at Skagit County and I look forward to taking it a step further. I bring to the table a wealth of institutional knowledge and great working relationships with nearly every department in the County as well as other local agencies. I believe these qualities are essential in running efficient and effective government. I also bring to the table a strong desire to serve my community and to provide the best customer service to our citizens. I look forward to safeguarding and maximizing the taxpayer’s interest in their government.”