Profile: Brian Sonntag

Brian Sonntag was born in 1951 in Tacoma, Washington. He attended Tacoma Community College and the University of Puget Sound.[1] He and his wife Jann live in Tacoma. They have five sons and three grandchildren.

Sonntag has served on the boards of United Way and the Boys and Girls Club. He has volunteered for the YMCA and the March of Dimes and has also spent several years coaching youth baseball and basketball teams.

Sonntag was first elected to public office in 1978 as Pierce County Clerk, working as the administrative officer for the Superior Courts. On November 4, 1986, he was elected to the office of Pierce County Auditor, an office his father, Jack W. Sonntag, had held from 1948 to 1969. Following the end of his second term, Sonntag was elected Washington State Auditor on November 3, 1992. He was re-elected four times, most recently in 2008 with 70 percent of the vote.

Sonntag is a Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM), a designation formally recognized by 7 states since its inception in 1994.[4] He has been a member of the Washington Coalition for Open Government, State Productivity Board and the National State Auditors Association’s Performance Audit Task Force.

On May 7, 1999, the Municipal League of King County awarded Sonntag the Warren G. Magnuson Award for “implementing performance measures and the performance audit as constructive management tools for state and local governments, allowing them to operate more efficiently and be more accountable to their constituencies.”

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