Council Chair, District 7
Serving the communities of Gig Harbor and Key Peninsulas, Islands, and parts of North and West Tacoma.
Originally born in Indiana, Derek moved to Gig Harbor with his family at the age of 8. He attended Peninsula public schools, and after coming home from college, Derek worked in the private sector in finance and consulting.
In 1997, at the age of 21, Derek was first elected to the Gig Harbor City Council. Winning reelection three more times, he spent 16 years leading locally and regionally on growth, transportation, and budget policy. In 2015 Derek was elected to the Pierce County Council winning reelection in 2019. As a member of the Council, Derek represents District #7, which covers the Gig Harbor and Key Peninsulas, Islands, and parts of North and West Tacoma.
A recognized leader on land use and environmental issues, Derek is a member of the Community Development, Public Safety and Human Services committee. He previously served as Chair of Human Services. As Council Chair he is also a member of the Rules and Operations Committee.
In 2022 Derek's peers chose him to serve as Council Chair, a position he also held in 2021. He previously served as Executive Pro Tem in 2020.
Ending Homelessness in Pierce County
Homelessness is a regional issue that affects all of us. That’s why it’s going to take a regional approach to find solutions, and why we’re working at the county level with community partners to find ways to address the needs of our population that are without a sheltered place to sleep at night.
At the direction of Council, and lead by the county’s Department of Human Services, work is underway to craft the 2021 Comprehensive Plan to End Homelessness. Dedicated service providers, community members and people with lived experience comprise two groups tasked with collaborating to develop this comprehensive plan and a shelter plan to identify ways we can help.
Visit this website to learn more information about the work groups and their meeting dates and times. This website has more information about homelessness numbers in Pierce County, where current shelters exist in our community and additional details about the survey.
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Pierce County is in a state of opioid crisis. Councilmember Derek Young, District 7 discusses briefly some of the hard work being done to address this crisis in our community.
Remembering Billy Frank, Jr.
At its March 2, 2021 meeting Council recognized the late Billy Frank, Jr. with a proclamation, celebrating his work to protect tribal fishing rights and salmon ecosystems throughout Puget Sound, and declaring March 9, 2021 as "Billy Frank, Jr. Day" in Pierce County to honor his birthday.
Chair Young read the proclamation.
External Boards & Commissions
|Executive Board of the Crystal Judson Family Justice Center||Alternate|
|Joint Determining Board||Member|
|Pierce County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors||Member|
|Pierce County Law and Justice Council||Member|
|Pierce County Law and Justice Community Oversight Committee||Member|
|Pierce County Law Library Board of Trustees||Member|
|Pierce County Regional Council||Member|
|Pierce County Reserve Officers Board of Trustees||Alternate|
|Puget Sound Regional Council Executive Board||Member|
|Puget Sound Regional Council operations Committee||Member|
|South Sound Military & Communities Partnership Elected Officials Council||Alternate|
|South Sound 911 Governing Board||Member|
|Tacoma Narrows Airport Advisory Commission||Ex-Officio|
|Tacoma-Pierce County Health Board||Member|
|Tideflats Subarea Plan Steering Committee||Alternate|
|Transportation Benefit District||Member|
|Washington State Association of Counties Board of Directors||Alternate|
|Washington State Association of Counties Legislative Steering Committee||Member|
|Water Utility Coordinating Committee||Member|
|West Sound Partners for Ecosystem Recovery (WSPER)||Member|