State Auditor Brian Sonntag plans to work for a rescue mission in Tacoma after he leaves his state job in January.

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State Auditor Brian Sonntag is retiring in January, and he said on Wednesday in an email that he’ll become chief financial officer for a Christian mission in Tacoma. His statement:

“I am very proud to announce that when I conclude my term as state auditor, I will begin working with The Rescue Mission in Tacoma as chief financial officer. The CFO position is a great opportunity to continue serving my community — and in the city where I grew up — after 40 years of public service in both Pierce County and state government.

“I cannot think of a more suitable organization to help make the community a better place than The Rescue Mission. Every day, The Rescue Mission provides 1,000 meals a day to the hungry, shelter and housing to 800 displaced and homeless people, and hours of drug and alcohol rehabilitation, life-skills services and other assistance in six locations and in a Christian-based environment.

“You know, the job of The Rescue Mission CFO is not just about numbers. It is about making a difference in the lives of those in need.”

Democrat Troy Kelley, of Tacoma, and Republican James Watkins, of Redmond, are battling to replace Sonntag.