Five Finalists for City Manager – Names Not Released

The Shelton City Council is pleased to announce five finalists for consideration as Shelton’s first City Manager under the new council-manager form of government. The City retained Slavin Management Consultants out of Atlanta, Georgia to conduct the nationwide recruitment. Earlier this year, sitting council members and various community members worked with the consulting firm to develop a position profile. The City received 24 applications from the Northwest and around the country. After extensive review and completion of background checks, the Council has invited the five finalists to Shelton for interviews on Thursday, November 29th and Friday, November 30th.

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State Unemployment Rate Falls Again

Washington’s economy added 12,400 jobs in October and the state’s seasonally adjusted monthly unemployment rate for October was 4.3 percent according to the Employment Security Department. The October unemployment rate decreased slightly from the September 2018 unemployment rate of 4.4 percent, which establishes a new historical low point for the state. The figures released are preliminary and are subject to revisions.

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Watch Mason County Commission

[LIVE VIDEO] Watch the April 10, 2018 Mason County Commission meeting. There are three ways to watch live at 9 AM: or Mason County’s website ( You can also watch on demand on or Mason County’s website: Rebroadcasts on Hood Canal Communications’ local channel are Thursday at 6 PM, Saturday at 2 PM and Sunday at 9 AM.

Here is the meeting’s agenda:

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General Election Results updated 11/9/18

Election officials in the Mason County Auditor’s Office have only a few ballots left to count and the latest results are close to being final. The next ballot count is set for November 26th. So far, 27,435 ballots have been counted increasing the election turnout in Mason County to 70 percent.

Still no significant change in the latest unofficial results. The numbers do NOT include write-ins. However, the number of write-ins are not expected to affect the outcome of any of the races.

Sharon Trask leads Kevin Schmelzlen for Mason County Commissioner District 3 now by 1,035 votes. Trask has 13,519 votes (51.99%) and Schmelzlen has 12,484 votes (48.01%). Trask will take the seat currently held by Terri Drexler who did not seek re-election.

Incumbent Casey Salisbury is returning as Mason County Sheriff defeating Darin Holland 65.79 percent (16,885 votes) to 34.21 percent (8,780 votes).

Patti McLean will take over as Mason County Assessor next year after defeating incumbent Melody Peterson 54.55 percent (13,679 votes) to 45.45 percent (11,399 votes).

Paddy McGuire’s lead on Charles Rhodes for Mason County Auditor is now 611 votes (2.48%). McGuire has 12,615 votes (51.24%) while Rhodes has 12,004 votes (48.76%). It appears McGuire will take the seat currently held by Karen Herr who is retiring at the end of the year.

George Steele will be taking the Mason County District Court Judge position currently held by Victoria Meadows. Steel has garnered 12,832 votes (57.92%) while Eric Valley has 9,323 votes (42.08%). Judge Meadows is retiring af the end of the year.

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City Construction Schedule 11/12 to 11/16

Crews continue working on infrastructure improvement projects in Shelton that are impacting traffic around the City. This construction includes the Downtown Connector Project and the Basin 3 Sewer Rehabilitation Project. As a reminder, there are several temporary traffic revisions and lane closures in effect in the downtown area which can change without notice. Here are where crews are scheduled to work November 12th to November 16th.

Downtown Connector Project:

  • Olympic Hwy North will be open!
  • Intermittent closures on Alder between 3rd St. and 7th St.

Basin 3 Sewer Rehabilitation Project:

  • Intermittent closures on 2nd St. between Alder and Laurel.
  • Northcliff Road will be closed the week after Thanksgiving, November 26 – 30.

State Highway Road Construction 11/11 to 11/17

The following is a summary of road construction and maintenance scheduled on state highways around Mason County and adjacent areas from November 11, 2018 to November 17, 2018.


US 101 – Lynch Road – Safety Improvements
US 101 Region: Olympic County: Mason Location: Milepost(s) 352.5
Contact: Brian Whitehouse, 360-570-6750
Description: Crews finalized roadway modifications to help increase sight distance for Lynch Road drivers merging onto southbound US 101 and opened new acceleration lanes on Sunday, Oct. 21. Remaining work elements include installing cable barrier and shoulder repairs.
Work Schedule: While acceleration lanes are now open, minor work will continue through the week of Oct. 29. Drivers can expect daytime single-lane closures in both directions of US 101 and a reduced speed limit of 40 mph. Project web page

US 101/Kennedy Creek Bridges – Special Repair

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