Mike Lonergan apparently will be Pierce County’s next assessor-treasurer.
In returns Tuesday from the general election, Lonergan, a former Tacoma City Council member, was the choice of 60 percent of the voters over Billie O’Brien, a career employee of the assessor-treasurer office.
O’Brien, whose 21-year career on the assessor-treasurer staff includes her current position of administrative officer, is a first-time candidate.
Lonergan, in addition to previous experience campaigning and holding elected office, has worked in the non-profit sector, currently as executive director of Youth Marine Foundation and formerly as the director of Tacoma Rescue Mission.
He is the apparent successor to Dale Washam, who will leave the post later this year. He finished a distant fourth in the five-candidate field in the primary election in August, ending his hope of winning a second term despite controversy that swirled around him. He has been the target of a failed recall attempt by citizens and $4 million in claims filed by employees of his office alleging mistreatment by him.