Heather Shand is currently a Skagit County Superior Court Commissioner

Heather Shand is a proud member of a long-time Skagit Valley family and currently serves our Superior Court as a Commissioner.  Building on her years of judicial experience, she is now a 2024 candidate for Skagit County Superior Court Judge where she seeks to fill the vacancy created by the announced retirement of Judge Brian Stiles.

For 21 years, Commissioner Shand gained extensive experience with many of the legal issues that confront families in our community – family law, adoptions, guardianships and probate, tax planning, small business issues, and a variety of civil litigation.  And as a small business owner and single parent, she experienced first-hand the struggles families face in balancing competing demands in their lives.

Since being appointed to her current position as a Court Commissioner in 2019, she has presided over a full range of litigation.  The judicial experience Heather Shand will bring to the judicial position is an unmatched level of preparation for this position.

Commissioner Shand and her family have prioritized service in their careers and personal lives.  Her father, Gary Shand, was a 40-year law enforcement officer serving first as a State Patrol Trooper and then as Skagit County Chief of Corrections and Undersheriff.  He currently serves as an elected Public Health District Commissioner and was the Chief Examiner for the Skagit County Civil Service Commission until December 2023.  Heather herself is a member of Skagit Rotary and has been the recipient of two Paul Harris Awards for her service to the community.  She is a Board Member of the Skagit Women Alliance Network (SWAN), founding board member of Skagit Legal Aid, founding board member of Hoop for the Valley, and former board member of the Children’s Museum of Skagit County and the Skagit Symphony.

Commissioner Shand lives in Conway with her teenage daughter, Addison, and contributes time to various youth sports.  She believes in the importance of teaching our children how to make positive choices to successfully deal with life’s challenges.

Judy and Gary Shand with Commissioner Heather Shand and her daughter Addison