Kari Sand has served as Mercer Island’s City Attorney since May of 2015. Prior to joining Mercer Island, Kari served as a City Attorney and Assistant City Attorney for numerous Puget Sound cities, including most recently the cities of Medina and Sammamish, while working for the Kenyon Disend, PLLC municipal law firm. Prior to joining that firm in 2005, Kari served as an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Tacoma for six years and as an associate attorney for two years at a general civil practice firm in Tacoma. Spanning nearly twenty years, her practice has focused on all areas of municipal law, with an emphasis on land use, condemnation, fair housing and anti-discrimination laws, public bidding, public disclosure, local taxation and tax litigation, and employment and labor law matters.
In her spare time, Kari enjoys travel, gardening, and rooting for her two teenagers’ lacrosse and soccer teams.
Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, University of Washington
Juris Doctorate, University of Oregon School of Law
Professional Memberships and Affiliations
WSBA - Washington State Bar Association
WSAMA - Washington State Association of Municipal Attorneys
WCIA - Washington Cities Insurance Authority, Delegate
MRSC - Municipal Research and Services Center, Board of Directors Member
What do you enjoy most about leading your department?
I enjoy the constant variety and new challenges. The City Attorney’s Office provides day-to-day risk management, legal advice and representation to the City Manager, City Council and all City Departments, Boards and Commissions. Given the diversity of services the City provides to Islanders – everything from Asphalt street overlays to Zumba classes at the MICEC – the variety of issues is truly endless and exciting! Our talented team of legal professionals is hard-working, creative, and results-oriented, and we enjoy working together to serve our clients in the most efficient, cost-effective, and helpful manner we can.
What do you enjoy most about working for the City of Mercer Island?
The excellent teamwork, collaboration, and synergy among the various City Departments is most enjoyable and creates a genuinely positive and supportive work environment. As a full-service municipal corporation, the City of Mercer Island is comprised of approximately 200 full-time employees spread across over 10 different departments to collectively deliver essential and extraordinary programs and services to residents and visitors alike. The City’s employees are dedicated and caring, and together we strive to leverage limited resources in order to maintain Mercer Island’s reputation as a desirable community in which to live, work and play.
Address & Contact Information
Mercer Island City Hall
9611 SE 36th Street
Mercer Island, WA 98040
Phone: (206) 275-7650