Pierce County Council

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About the Council

The Council is the legislative branch of Pierce County government and is the policy-determining body of the County, as provided by the County Charter. The Council has all powers of the County not otherwise reserved to the people, the Executive, or general law. Members are elected from seven contiguous and equally populated districts. Each county councilmember represents a district having a population of approximately 125,000 people and is elected to four year terms.

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Dave Morell
District 1
Vice-Chair
Pam Roach
District 2


Jim McCune
District 3


Connie
Ladenburg

District 4

Marty
Campbell

District 5

Douglas
Richardson

District 6 
Chair
Derek Young
District 7
Executive Pro-Tem

Law & Justice Public Review Committee

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The Pierce County Council approved formation of the Law & Justice Review Committee Sept. 15, 2020 to examine the reports from the county’s law and justice departments per Resolution R2020-43


Each Councilmember appointed two people to the committee, including one person representing marginalized individuals within the county. Under Resolution R2020-76, the group is to bring a report to Council by the end of October or first week of November. 


The group meets weekly on Wednesdays starting at 2 p.m. Its first meeting was Sept. 23, 2020. 


The public is invited to attend the meetings via the virtual meeting link and phone number shared on the Law & Justice Public Review Committee webpage. Public comment will also be accepted. Meetings are livestreamed on the page.

What’s on the agenda?


Each week the Pierce County Council holds a series of meetings to discuss and review ordinances, motions and budgets to ensure county government operates in an efficient, transparent and cost-effective manner with equal access for all county residents.

Members meet as a collective body every Tuesday at 3 p.m. for the Pierce County Council regular meeting. Other meetings include standing committees, where proposed legislation is discussed prior to consideration by the full Council.

Here are some of the items before Council this week:


Monday (Sept. 28)

10 a.m.: Rules and Operations Committee will review and approve the week’s meeting schedule and agendas.

11 a.m.: Study Session includes review of the Sept. 29 Council meeting agenda and committee agendas for the week.

1:30 p.m.: The Public Safety Committee will receive updates on the following: Corrections from Bureau Chief Patti Jackson; Trueblood from Acting Social Service Administrative Manager and Superior Court Clerk Andrea Kelley; and Pre-Trial Services, also from Andrea Kelley.

 

Tuesday (Sept. 29)

9:30 a.m.: Special meeting of the Economic and Infrastructure Development Committee to receive an overview on Capital Projects Development from Planning and Public Works Deputy Director Toby Rickman.

12 p.m.: Study Session for the purposes of an executive session pursuant to RCW 42.30.110(1)(i).

3 p.m.: Regular meeting. Matters before Council for final consideration include:

  • Proposal 2020-88: Application for Open Space Classification;
  • Proposal 2020-89: Application for Open Space Classification;
  • Proposal 2020-90s: Designating county roadways where wheeled all-terrain vehicles can operate;
  • Proposal R2020-89sInitiating amendments to the Comprehensive Plan for the 2021 plan amendment cycle;
  • Proposal R2020-90: Affirming and reestablishing the Agricultural Drainage Task Force created pursuant Resolution No. R2019-59s.

View the full agenda for a complete list of resolutions, proclamations and ordinances.


Wednesday (Sept. 30)

9:30 a.m.: Special meeting of the Community Development Committee to review amendments to the Frederickson and South Hill community plans. 


Thursday (Oct. 1)

1:30 p.m.: Special meeting of the Committee of the Whole (COW) to review the CARES Act weekly report and 2020-21 budget review.


View the complete meeting schedule for the week and find proposed legislation and discussion items by clicking on the respective committee pages.

Want to comment at a meeting? Read how to participate virtually.

Upcoming legislation


The following legislative items are before the Pierce County Council. Some dates listed are tentative and subject to change based on Council action.


Centers and Corridors update to Community Plans

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The Pierce County Council's Community Development Committee will hear proposed updates to the Community Plans of Frederickson, Mid County, Parkland-Spanaway-Midland and South Hill at a series of upcoming special meetings.


All meetings are open to the public through virtual attendance and meeting agendas and how to attend will be shared on the Community Development Committee page


View the Centers and Corridors proposal.


Meeting dates (subject to change):


  • Sept. 23, 1:30 p.m.: Special Community Development Committee meeting to review Parkland-Spanaway-Midland and Mid-County community plans.
  • Sept. 30, 9:30 a.m.: Special Community Development Committee meeting to review South Hill and Frederickson community plans.
  • Oct. 5, 1:30 p.m.: Regular Community Development Committee meeting to review Countywide policies and implementing regulations and to review all amendments proposed for the Centers and Corridors legislation.
  • Oct. 13, 3 p.m.: Regular Pierce County Council meeting to vote on proposed updates.

Latest Council action


Remembering Pierce County trailblazer and icon, Harold Moss

The Pierce County Council learned with great sadness that former Pierce County Councilmember Harold Moss passed away Sept. 21, 2020.

The Council expresses its condolences to Moss’ family and friends and shares the following statement on the loss of a true Pierce County icon.

Read more.


Additional $7.75 million made available to Commercial Rent and Mortgage Assistance Program

The demand for commercial rent and mortgage assistance is expected to exceed the initial $2.5 million allocated to the program, resulting in the Pierce County Council approving an emergency ordinance to increase funds to support local business.

Read more.


Pierce County Council dedicates $5.5 million in CARES Act monies to help local schools

At its Aug. 25 meeting the Council unanimously passed an emergency ordinance establishing the Pierce County COVID-19 School Assistance Program aimed at helping public, private, tribal and charter schools in Pierce County offset costs associated with the public health crisis.

Read more.


Pierce County Council establishes youth and young adult jobs program

To connect more young people to jobs in Pierce County, the County Council unanimously approved an initiative aimed at youth and young adults between the ages of 16 and 25.

Read more.

COVID-19 Information


CARES Act funds for business and residents

Visit the Pierce County Economic Development CARES Act Relief website to see whether your business is eligible for assistance.

Pierce County Human Services has information on available programs for residents including rental and mortgage assistance, child care vouchers, veterans programs, homeless resources and more. 


Pierce County is in Phase 2 of state's Safe Start plan

Learn more about Safe Start Pierce County

For the latest public health information about COVID-19 in Pierce County visit the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department.


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  1. Recognizing Pierce County trailblazer and icon Harold Moss

    The Pierce County Council learned with great sadness today that former Pierce County Councilmember Harold Moss passed away Sept. 21, 2020. The Council expresses its condolences to Moss’ family and friends. Read on...
  2. Pierce County Council increases funds for Commercial Rent and Mortgage Assistance Program

    An additional $7.75 million in CARES Act monies was made available Tuesday by the County Council to support the Commercial Rent and Mortgage Payment Assistance Program. Read on...
  3. Pierce County Council seeks citizen to fill Performance Audit Committee vacancy

    Applications are due no later than 5 p.m. on Oct. 6, 2020. Read on...
  1. Pierce County Council dedicates $5.5 million in CARES Act monies to local schools

    At its Aug. 25 meeting the Council unanimously passed an emergency ordinance establishing the Pierce County COVID-19 School Assistance Program helping public, private, tribal and charter schools in Pierce County offset costs associated with COVID-19. Read on...
  2. Pierce County Council establishes youth and young adult jobs program

    To connect more young people to jobs in Pierce County, the County Council unanimously approved an initiative aimed at youth and young adults between the ages of 16 and 25. Read on...
  3. Pierce County Council expands support to help more local business

    The Pierce County Council passed two ordinances aimed at making more funding available to local businesses struggling from impacts of COVID-19. Read on...
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