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Future Whatcom sheriffs may be appointed, not elected

Change would need voter approval, take effect in 2027

Whatcom County sheriff's deputies and Bellingham police officers carry flags in March at a St. Patrick's Day parade in Bellingham. A new proposal would make the county sheriff's position appointed rather than elected.
Whatcom County sheriff's deputies and Bellingham police officers carry flags in March at a St. Patrick's Day parade in Bellingham. A new proposal would make the county sheriff's position appointed rather than elected.
By Ralph Schwartz Staff Reporter
This November might be the last time Whatcom County voters choose their next sheriff.  But the fina

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