About Us

What we do

HEARING EXAMINER
Ryan Vancil

The Hearing Examiner serves as the City's principal administrative law judge: an independent official charged with the responsibility of reviewing decisions made by a variety of City agencies. The Hearing Examiner regulates the conduct of hearings and prepares decisions and recommendations based upon the hearing record and applicable law. As the head of the department, the Hearing Examiner is also responsible for appointment and supervision of staff, updating hearing rules and procedures, and overseeing any outside contracts for services. (The Hearing Examiner's functions, authority, appointment, and jurisdictions are described in the Citizen Guide, the Annual Report, and SMC 3.02.110)

DEPUTY HEARING EXAMINER
Barbara Dykes Ehrlichman

The Deputy Hearing Examiner is appointed by the Hearing Examiner and is deputized to conduct hearings and to exercise the Hearing Examiner's decision-making authority. The Municipal Code requires that the Deputy Hearing Examiner be an attorney with training and experience in administrative hearings. See the Citizen Guide, the Annual Report, and SMC 3.02.110 for Hearing Examiner functions, authority, appointment, and jurisdictions.

LEGAL ASSISTANT
Galen Edlund-Cho
The Legal Assistant assists at hearings to ensure that the proceedings are properly recorded and exhibits are identified and secured. The Legal Assistant also assists the Hearing Examiner and the Deputy Hearing Examiner with cases both before and after the hearing. The Legal Assistant has primary responsibility for providing information to the public and to hearing participants, and for verifying the accuracy and completeness of case records for transmittal to court on appeal.

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT
Bonita A. Roznos

The Executive Assistant has responsibility for office administration, including research and analysis on a variety of operational and administrative issues; project management; budget development and oversight; human resource management, including recruiting, training, and career development; initiating and maintaining vendor relationships; accounting; and technology management.

ADMINISTRATIVE SPECIALIST
Angela Oberhansly
The Administrative Specialist serves as the initial contact in the Hearing Examiner's office and assists the public, City staff and parties in cases with information regarding hearing procedures, rules, and similar matters. The Administrative Specialist also provides a full range of general administrative support functions for the office, including the processing of incoming appeals, DPD and SDOT citation defaults and collections, and is the primary contact for ordering copies of proceedings.

Who we are

Ryan Vancil
Ryan Vancil was appointed as Hearing Examiner in March of 2018. Mr. Vancil joined the office as Deputy Hearing Examiner in October of 2016. Before coming to the office, Mr. Vancil was in private practice and has extensive experience in land use, real property, environmental and local government law. He has also served as an arbitrator and mediator.

Mr. Vancil is a graduate of the Seattle University School of Law and holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Williamette University. He is a member of the Washington State Bar Association.

Barbara Dykes Ehrlichman
Barbara Dykes Ehrlichman joined the office as Deputy Hearing Examiner in March 2018. Prior to that, she spent seven years in private practice representing a wide array of clients on land use, real estate, and environmental law matters, including local government, Indian tribes, private business and landowners, churches, nonprofits, and citizen groups. Before private practice, she worked in Snohomish County government for 20 years in a variety of positions, including Chief Civil Deputy in the Prosecuting Attorney's Office and Hearing Examiner.

Ms. Ehrlichman is a graduate of University of California, Hastings College of the Law (cum laude) and The Evergreen State College. She is a member of the Washington State Bar Association.

Galen Edlund-Cho
Galen Edlund-Cho joined the Office of Hearing Examiner on July 15, 2019, from the State Auditor’s Office where he served as an Assistant State Auditor. He also served as the in-house paralegal for Seattle-King County Public Health, Environmental Health Division.

Galen graduated from the University of Washington, Seattle, earning his Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, with a minor in Political Science. Additionally, he earned his Advanced Paralegal Certificate from an ABA accredited paralegal program.

Bonita A. Roznos
Bonita Roznos joined the Office of Hearing Examiner on May 30, 2018, from the City of Shoreline where she served as Deputy City Clerk. She also served as Deputy City Clerk for the City of Vallejo, and as the Mayor/Council Operations Manager for the City of Sacramento. She has over twenty-years of experience in providing complex administrative services. Ms. Roznos holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Master's in Education from the University of Southern California.

To contact via email: bonita.roznos@seattle.gov

Angela Oberhansly
I moved to Seattle from Salt Lake City, Utah in 2011. I Graduated from Shoreline Community College with an Associates in Arts, with a focus in computer science and mathematics. I’ve focused my career to be a part of Seattle's local businesses and growth starting with ABC Legal as a Process Server Support Specialist to Administrative Specialist for Office of Hearing Examiner.