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 and Public Safety committees, and serves as Chair of the Human Services Committee. As Council Chair is also a member of the Rules and Operations Committee.
In 2021 Derek's peers chose him to serve as Council Chair. He previously served as Executive Pro Tem in 2020.
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Posted on April 13, 2021
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
|Alliance for a Healthy South Sound Executive Board||Member|
|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|
|Rainier Communications Commission||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|