John Olson Confirmed as Presiding Judge of the Municipal Court

Published on December 11, 2019

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KIRKLAND, Wash. – During their City Council meeting on December 10, John Olson was confirmed as presiding judge of the Kirkland Municipal Court for the remainder of the position’s unexpired term.    

This appointment and confirmation results from the retirement of Judge Michael J. Lambo, who served almost 14 years at the Kirkland Municipal Court. To replace Lambo, City Manager Kurt Triplett recommended John Olson after a thorough appointment process with many qualified applicants. Olson served with distinction as the court’s commissioner and judge pro tempore since 2006.  

“Judge Olson rose to the top of the field among the many outstanding applicants,” said Triplett. “He has the confidence and support of Court staff, the Kirkland Police Department, and the attorneys who regularly practice in Kirkland’s court. It is my honor to appoint him as the presiding Kirkland Municipal Court judge.”  

Olson received his juris doctor from the University of Puget Sound School of Law. He has served as judge pro tempore for Kirkland, Issaquah, Mercer Island and Seattle Municipal Courts.