There’s a new judge in town

  • Written by Bob Kirkpatrick
Municipal Court Judge Mara Rozzano is sworn in.


BOTHELL—Mara Rozzano is Bothell’s new Municipal Court judge. Rozzano was sworn into office by Superior Court Judge George Appel during the Dec. 3 Bothell City Council meeting.

According to a news release posted by Assistant to the City Manager Becky Range on the city of Bothell website, Rozzano fills the vacated position left by Judge Gehlsen who resigned in September of this year. She was one of seven finalists considered for the position.

“We had a very rigorous selection process and Judge Rozzano was the top candidate of a very talented pool,” said City Manager Jennifer Phillips. “She built the Monroe court and her passion for her community there, especially the youth, was evident and inspiring.”  

Rozzano will be responsible for presiding over and adjudicating a variety of hearings and trials related to infractions, misdemeanors, and gross misdemeanors, the release reads. She will also oversee the development and implementation of the court budget, administration of policies and procedures, and management of all court employees.  

“Bothell is a wonderful community and I’m ready to dive in and serve this community,” Rozzano said. “I’m well aware that our court must be an efficient and financially sound partner of the city and look forward to tackling some of those issues.”  

The release went on to say Judge Rozzano has spent the past four years as a Municipal Court Judge in Monroe. She also has 24 years of criminal prosecution experience primarily as the Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for Snohomish County, and briefly as an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Kent.

Rozzano has a Bachelor’s in Business Administration, a Juris Doctorate from the University of Washington, and is a member of the Washington State Bar Association and the District Municipal Court Judges Association.

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