Sherril Huff is the chief elections official for King County, the 13th largest county in the nation. As a lifetime public service and community leader, Huff has steadily led the division in implementing hundreds of reforms since 2005.
Huff’s extensive elections administration experience spans more than 30 years. Serving as the assistant director of King County’s Records, Elections and Licensing Services Division from February 2005 through April 2007, Huff was appointed as the director by County Executive Ron Sims in April 2007 and overwhelmingly elected as the first elected elections director in February 2009.
Throughout her time at King County, Huff has championed significant reforms and partnered with staff to propel King County Elections as a leader in mail voting.
Under Huff’s leadership, King County Elections received a national award for its mail ballot reconciliation efforts and implementation of quality assurance best practices in August 2006. King County was also the first county in Washington to allow election candidates to file for office online using banking industry encryption technology. She oversaw hundreds of election reforms and developed an outreach program last year to hire a new generation of technologically-savvy poll workers to run new, federally required, voting equipment at the polls.
In 2009, Huff led King County Elections through the historic transition to countywide all-mail voting, making King County the largest jurisdiction in the United States to conduct elections entirely by mail.
Prior to her work with King County, Huff was elected to two terms as the Kitsap County Auditor. Serving as the administrator of Elections, Records, Licensing, Accounting and Fiscal Management, Huff developed an internal audit program for Kitsap County government that became the model for the internal audit program used in the City of Bremerton. In this position, Huff was elected to leadership positions within the Washington State Auditor’s Association.
In addition to her successes at King County Elections, Huff has been affiliated with several community organizations in many capacities. Huff served as a chair and team leader for YMCA’s Partners with Youth Campaign, membership co-chair at the Naval Museum of Undersea Technology, mentor at Clearcreek Elementary, board member of the Admiral Foundation and multiple other community organizations and service involvements.