This afternoon Executive Dammeier will kick off the Council’s biennial budget process by introducing his own budget recommendation. Over the next two months, the Council will conduct frequent public meetings establishing its priorities, holding hearings with departments, and finally passing our version on November 23rd.

The priorities you’ll see below…


We the people… a home rule charter, by and for, the people of Pierce County.

In December 1978, a federal grand jury indicted 15 men, including Pierce County Sheriff George Janovich, for racketeering. During the trial, it was revealed that the department was protecting John Carbone’s crime syndicate in exchange for bribes, covering up various crimes such as murder, arson, extortion, and assaults.

In response…


While COVID-19 will be with us for a long time, recovery is underway, and it’s time to learn from the pandemic to improve our public health system and prepare for future emergencies.

In late February of last year, heading to DC for our National Association of Counties Legislative conference, we realized there was no resolution supporting action on COVID-19. We pulled together an emergency resolution that enabled us to advocate to our federal partners.

Everyone in our Health Policy Committee agreed, but…


People underneath and holding up a pride flag.

This afternoon the Council will, for the first time, vote on a Pride proclamation. It’s an honor to chair the Council for a moment like this and something I believe is long overdue. It celebrates our LGBTQ+ community and their struggle for fundamental rights and protections under the law, along…


Celebration and troop review outside the White House on July 4th, 1861.
4th of July celebration and troop review at the White House. First appeared in Harper’s Weekly. Photo credit Library of Congress.

We don’t expect drama in a joint session of Congress to count electoral ballots. The Vice President reads a script, the votes are announced, and beyond the occasional faithless elector, the person who won states adding up to 270 votes becomes president.

But with so much at stake and so…


At a special meeting the Community Development Committee will begin its review of the Pierce County Sustainability 2030 plan, which outlines how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across Pierce County government operations and the larger community over the next 10 years.

Developed with numerous community sustainability experts and county stakeholders…


At this afternoon’s meeting the Council approved appointments to our standing committes and external boards.

Standing Committees

RULES AND OPERATIONS COMMITTEE

Meeting Time: Mondays, 10:00 a.m.

Derek Young, Chair
Dave Morell, Vice Chair
Marty Campbell, Executive Pro Tempore
Jani Hitchen, Alternate

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

Meeting Time: First and Third Mondays, 1:30 p.m.

Ryan Mello, Chair
Marty Campbell, Vice Chair
Dave Morell…


With the New Year, Pierce County has a new Council. Yesterday we swore in four new members. Joining us are:

Hans Zeiger, District 2
Amy Cruver, District 3
Ryan Mello, District 5
Jani Hitchen, District 6

We’re excited about this new group because they each bring a unique background and…


How we can ensure a healthy, sustainable, and equitable future for all

We face daunting but not insurmountable challenges. While the COVID-19 pandemic created many of its own problems, it also uncovered mutually reinforcing system failures left by years of neglect. To ensure South Sound’s recovery, we need a county government working strategically on seven key issues.

Health

Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic…


Twenty-five years ago, Pierce County created its state-mandated Urban Growth Area. The idea was to curb runaway sprawl and plan for infrastructure and services necessary to accommodate growth. At the time, 32 percent of county residents worked outside the county. …

Derek Young

Pierce County Councilmember. Serving Gig Harbor, Fox Island, Key Peninsula, Ruston, and parts of North and West Tacoma.

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