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2006 Washington State Court Manager of the YearMay 24, 2006
Retiring Snohomish County Superior Court Administrator Richard Carlson was recently named as
Having served as the Administrator for Snohomish County Superior Court since 2001, Carlson was nominated by the entire Snohomish County Superior Court bench for his leadership on improving the superior and juvenile court systems.
“Throughout his 38-year career, Richard has demonstrated an unfailing commitment and leadership in his efforts to improve the quality of justice in our state,” said Washington Supreme Court Chief Justice Gerry Alexander. “Through his leadership in promoting legislative initiatives, Dick has directly influenced the passage of new state laws that improve the capability of the courts to make positive changes in the lives of young offenders.”
Alexander also noted that Carlson led juvenile courts statewide in the effective implementation of the new statutes, including the Community Juvenile Accountability Act, a measure which takes a new approach to courts treatment of offenders.
In nominating him for the award, Snohomish County Superior Court Presiding Judge Thomas Wynne noted Carlson’s contributions to the county’s new juvenile justice center, courthouse remodel and the development of highly successful drug courts for adults, juveniles and at-risk youth. Wynne also complimented Carlson’s merging of administrative functions for the county’s superior and juvenile courts.
The Court Manager of the Year Award has been presented since 1991 to recognize a full-time manager who has served
Carlson started his career in King County Juvenile Court in 1968 as a probation officer, leading to many posts within the
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