Sequim licensing site opens Monday

Peninsula Daily News

SEQUIM — Residents will no longer have to leave town to license their vehicles.

The Sequim Licensing Depot will open at 8 a.m. Monday at 645 W. Washington St., Suite 2, said Clallam County Auditor Patty Rosand.

Sequim residents haven’t had a licensing office in town since May, when the county contract with subagent Karen Shewbert was terminated.

Suzan Mansfield will operate the office under a subagent contract with the Clallam County auditor, who is the agent for the Department of Licensing in Clallam County.

Mansfield has previous licensing experience — she once operated the subagency in Sequim, Rosand said — and has been training at the Clallam County Courthouse since September.

The new office will offer full licensing services Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and also will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.

“The addition of Saturday service will be a wonderful customer convenience to the residents of the Olympic Peninsula,” Rosand said in a statement.

“Not only will this allow citizens who work all week to obtain licenses on the weekend, but it will be an asset to the many visitors who come to the Peninsula on weekends to enjoy our area and need to license a vehicle or vessel.”

Two full-time employees — Leslie Sommerville and Phil Libbot — will work with Mansfield, Rosand said.

County Licensing Manager Lila Duncan will be in Sequim during the first week to assist the establishment of the new licensing subagency.

Shewbert operated the Sequim Vehicle/Vessel Licensing Office for 12 years before Rosand terminated her contract and closed the office.

Shewbert appealed the termination to the Department of Licensing, which formed a dispute review board that heard testimony during a two-day hearing in Port Angeles in June.

The board upheld the termination over what Rosand said were constant disagreements regarding Shewbert’s accounting practices, including her refusal to use accounting software compatible with that used by the Auditor’s Office.

Phone the office at 360-683-8375.

Last modified: November 03. 2012 5:37PM
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