Longtime Lewis County Superior Court Commissioner Tracy Mitchell Announces Retirement


After over 24 years on the bench in Lewis County Superior Court, Commissioner Tracy Mitchell will be retiring at the end of 2022, she announced last week.

“On Dec. 31, 2022, I will be ‘passing the baton,’ ‘throwing in the towel,’ ‘heading off into the sunset,’ etc.,” Mitchell stated in a news release announcing her retirement on May 10.

Lewis County Superior Court will put out a statewide job posting within the next month or so for Mitchell’s position.

“We will want to give the interviewing and selection process sufficient time for the appointee to transition from their current employer and/or close up their office,” stated Mitchell in the news release. “We are also seriously thinking of having the new court commissioner do some job shadowing/mentoring with me to see what the job entails besides just presiding over dockets.”

Mitchell encouraged all Lewis County Bar members to consider applying.

“If any of you want to talk to me on the ins and outs of the position, feel free to email me or call for a time to do so,” she said.

Mitchell was appointed as Lewis County Superior Court’s full-time constitutional court commissioner in 1998. She previously served as a pro-tem court commissioner from 1993 to 1998.

Mitchell graduated from St. Martin’s College, now St. Martin’s University, with a bachelor’s degree in 1978 and graduated from Washburn University of Topeka School of Law in 1983. She started a private practice that same year focusing on family, juvenile, real estate and personal injury law.

More information on Lewis County Superior Court can be found at https://lewiscountywa.gov/offices/superior-court/.