I come from a family who has dedicated their lives to public service in the military and law enforcement including my father who gave 30 years of service to Washington State Patrol and 10 years to the Skagit County Sheriff’s office and continues to serve on the Hospital board. I was raised in Skagit County and was excited to return after college, law school and a short time in Tacoma and Seattle practicing law. My goal has always been to come back to Skagit County and serve the community that formed me. Upon moving back in 2005, I opened my private practice to serve the citizens and immediately joined service groups and organizations in our community. I truly believe in service above self. After a nearly 20-year career in private practice, I was honored to be appointed as the Court Commissioner of Skagit County Superior Court.
My core values are fairness, equality and justice. My judicial philosophy is to recognize and acknowledge each individual for who they are on the inside and recognizing their experiences as defining who they are in a positive way. Judicial officers have a duty to remain impartial, fair and objective in making tough decisions that are based on the facts before them applying sound legal principles. These decisions are hard and not always popular, but Judicial officers must be courageous and forward thinking to ensure a truly independent judiciary in these ever-changing times as that is the cornerstone of our democracy.
Heather Shand Perkins
Heather was born and raised in Skagit County. She is a graduate of University of Washington and Gonzaga Law School. She started her legal career in Pierce and King Counties but soon moved back to Skagit County where she opened her own law practice. She currently serves as Skagit County Superior Court's full-time Commissioner.