County Elections director receives state Elections Administrator of the Year Award

Clark Co. WA Communications

Vancouver, Wash. – Washington State Secretary of State Steve Hobbs earlier this month presented Clark County Elections Director Cathie Garber with the state’s Elections Administrator of the Year award. 

In presenting the award, Secretary Hobbs noted that, “the award is presented to an elections administrator who has shown particularly effective leadership and management skills.” Hobbs further stated that Garber is widely recognized by others as a leader, and that her work in elections administration and serving voters sets an example for others. 

“This year’s recipient is one of the most prestigious county elections administrators that we have in the State of Washington,” said Hobbs.

“Cathie is passionate about the importance of the work we do. She knows elections are part of the foundation of our democracy,” said Clark County Auditor Greg Kimsey. “With an amazing reservoir of kindness and patience, in one-on-one discussions, Cathie has persuaded hundreds of skeptical, and sometimes hostile and angry, voters to have faith in the integrity of the elections process.”

Garber has served as Clark County’s Elections Director for 13 years and previously worked as an election official in the state of Oregon for 14 years. Garber plans to retire in January 2025.