Pacific County Superior Court Judge Michael J. Sullivan announced this week that he will seek another term on the bench. Sullivan has served in the Superior Court since October 2005.
Sullivan also serves as Superior Court judge forWahkiakum County.
Sullivan took up the law after a nine-year career education. He is well known in North Pacific County for service as an educator that included nine years as a junior/senior high teacher for the South Bend School District and three years as school superintendent for the Willapa Valley School District.
Sullivan was admitted to the Washington State Bar Association in 1985. He earned his law degree while teaching full-time and commuting four times a week for three years from South Bend to attend the University of Puget Sound School of Law.
Before he was a judge, Sullivan was elected Pacific County prosecutor where he served for eight years. He also served for eight years as North District Court Judge during which time he also sat as judge pro tem in the Superior Court.
Sullivan was involved in creation of the Pacific County Drug Court, offering alternative sentencing for drug offenders focusing on rehabilitation. He characterized the Drug Court as “no easy path.”
“We hold their feet to the fire for 15 months, but in the end, this program saves the county taxpayers significant costs, including reduced jail expenses,” he said. ““Applicants must obtain the prosecutor’s approval for entry into Drug Court. Further, no violent offenders and no sexual offenders are allowed to apply.”