Jefferson County utilizes a Hearing Examiner system for quasi-judicial decisions. The Hearing Examiner is appointed by the County Commissioners and charged with the responsibility of conducting public hearings, preparing the official record thereof, preparing findings of fact and conclusions of law and issuing final decisions for certain land use and non-land use quasi-judicial decisions.
The hearing examiner’s primary responsibility is to provide a fair, impartial, and independent fact-finding and decision-making service within county government. The hearing examiner has jurisdiction over a wide range of subject matter, including many types of land use applications and appeals, such as:
Type III Land-use decision
Type II Land-use appeals
Appeals of administrative interpretations
Appeals of SEPA determination
Administrative appeals under Chapter 8.90 JCC (Public Nuisances)
Shoreline management cases- variances, substantial development permits