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Pat McCarthy
Pat McCarthy
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Biographical Information
  • Elected Pierce County Executive, 2009-Present
  • Elected Pierce County Auditor, 2003-2008
  • Deputy County Auditor, 1999-2002
  • Administrator and Adviser for Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Program, University of Washington, Tacoma, 1991-1998
  • Elected School Board Director for Tacoma School District, 1987-1999

Personal & Education Background
  • Married to John McCarthy, Superior Court Judge, since March 1975
  • Four outstanding adult children: Brie, Conor, Lindsey and Kelsey
  • Ten awesome grandchildren
  • B.A. University of Washington, Tacoma

Community Activities & Recognitions

  • Member of Tacoma South Rotary, 1999-Present (Past President 2005-2006)
  • Member of 27th District Democrats
  • Member of Pierce County Democrats
  • Member of Pierce County Women's Political Caucus
  • Honorary Commander, 62nd Airlift Wing McChord Air Force Base, 2005-2009
  • American Leadership Forum Class XII Fellow, 2005
  • Sexual Assault Center of Pierce County, Emeritus
  • Recipient the Distinguished Alumni of the Year Award, University of Washington, Tacoma, 2005
  • Secretary of State's Auditor of the Year Award, 2005
  • Member, St. Theresa's Catholic Church
  • Other Regional Leadership Activities

McCarthy at an award ceremonyAwards as Executive
  • Conservation: The Cascade Land Conservancy awarded its Innovative Conservation Project Award to Executive McCarthy and PCC Farmland Trust for their collaboration on the Orting Valley Farm project, which preserves a 100-acre farm in perpetuity.
  • Open Government: The Washington Coalition for Open Government gave Executive McCarthy its Key Award for adopting a policy of retaining county email for at least six years.
  • Justice: The Young Lawyers section of the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association gave Executive McCarthy its Liberty Bell award for her work in preserving a position on the Superior Court bench.