King County Council Appoints Michelle Gehlsen and Jill Klinge to Fill Northeast District Court Vacancies

Photo of Judge Michelle Gehlsen

Judge Michelle Gehlsen

Photo of Judge Jill Klinge

Judge Jill Klinge

Citizens for Judicial Excellence conducted a Preference Survey of the applicants to the vacancies in King County Northeast District Court created by Governor Inslee’s appointments of Judges David Steiner and Ketu Shah to the King County Superior Court.

We received an outstanding number of responses to the survey. The CJE Board compiled the responses and delivered them to the King County Council for them to consider during the selection process.

We’re happy to report that two of the candidates the survey respondents chose were among the top three presented to the Council.

Late last week, the Council voted to appoint Bothell Municipal Court Judge Michelle Gehlsen and former Redmond Prosecutor and current pro tem judge Jill Klinge to fill those vacancies.