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

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 the Council:


Thursday (Dec. 3) 

1:30 p.m.Special Council Meeting to review the proposed mid-biennium budget adjustment and review CARES Act expenditures.


Monday (Dec. 7)

10 a.m.: Rules and Operations Committee will review and approve the meeting schedule and agendas for the week of Dec. 14-18, 2020. Items before the committee include Resolution 2020-127 concerning disposition of tax title lands; Ordinance 2020-131 2020-2021 Biennial Budget Supplemental capital facilities plan; Ordinance 2020-13  authorizing wage adjustments for non-represented employees in the County Council office; and Ordinance 2020-136 establishing a county board of health and department of public health and terminating the agreement creating a combined county-city health department.  

11 a.m.: Study Session includes review of the Dec. 8, 2020 meeting agenda and discussion of administrative items.

1:30 p.m.: Community Development Committee will review Resolution R2020-125 related to the definition and regulation of various residential use types and requesting the Planning and Public Works Department to conduct an analysis of necessary amendments to the county’s development regulations to provide clarification.


Tuesday (Dec. 8)

9:30 a.m.: Economic and Infrastructure Development meeting. View the agenda.

12 p.m.: Study Session. View the agenda.

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

  • 2020-109s an ordinance authorizing the Prosecuting Attorney to begin condemnation proceedings to acquire real property for a county road project at 92nd Avenue East and 224th Street East.
  • 2020-110 an ordinance granting a nonexclusive franchise to the Graham Hill Mutual Water Company, Inc. for the location of waterlines on certain county-owned rights of way.
  • R2020-113 a resolution repealing Resolution No. R2018-141 and adopting updated administrative guidelines for the Office of the Pierce County Council.
  • 2020-120s2 mid-biennium budget adjustment.
  • 2020-123 an ordinance amending the impact fee schedule to adjust park impact fees for 2021 based on changes in the building and construction cost indexes.
  • R2020-123 a resolution authorizing the Pierce County Executive to execute an interlocal agreement between the city of Sumner and Pierce County for financial and project responsibility of the Stewart Road Corridor White River Bridge replacement project.
  • R2020-124 a resolution setting the District 6, special in-district meeting for Wednesday, Dec. 16 at 5 p.m.

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


Thursday (Dec. 10) 

1:30 p.m.Special Council Meeting to review CARES Act expenditures.


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


2020-2021 mid-biennial budget adjustment

Council is set to take final action on the Executive's proposed mid-biennial adjustment at its Dec. 8, 2020 3 p.m. regular meeting.


The Rules and Operations Committee reviewed the Council Chairman's

amendment to the proposed adjustment at its Nov. 16, 2020 meeting. 


Public Review Committee report

Council heard from its Public Review Committee at a

Committee of the Whole meeting Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020. 


The Public Review Committee was formed through Resolution R2020-76 to examine the reports from the county’s law and justice departments per Resolution R2020-43

Latest Council action


Public Review Committee presents its review of law and justice services to Pierce County Council

For seven weeks, 14 community members from across Pierce County came together at the request of the Pierce County Council to review county policies, procedures and best practices within its criminal justice systems.

Read more.


Pierce County Council takes more action to support hurting local business

Local businesses are struggling and the Pierce County Council wants to help. At a meeting Nov. 19, 2020 Council passed its second round of emergency legislation in a week aimed at getting money into the hands of Pierce County business owners.

Read more.


Pierce County Council gives 100% reimbursement to Restaurant Rally restaurants, dedicates funding assistance to food banks

In response to the latest restrictions put in place by Gov. Jay Inslee to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, the Pierce County Council unanimously adopted legislation Tuesday to put cash directly into the hands of Pierce County restaurants and food banks that need it most.

Read more.


Pierce County Council begins mid-biennial budget adjustment review

As it looks to adjust the 2020-2021 biennial budget, the Pierce County Council is committed to prioritizing a revenue-neutral position that does not rely on "rainy day" funds to balance expenditures.

Read more.

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. The group met virtually for seven weeks from Sept. 23, 2020 to Nov. 4, 2020.


Under Resolution R2020-76, the group is to bring a report to Council. The report will be presented Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020 at 2 p.m. during a Committee of the Whole meeting. Watch the meeting live on Comcast channel 22, Click! channels 22/522HD and Rainier Connect channels 20/513HD or livestreamed at piercecountytv.org. The public can attend the meeting virtually by calling 253-215-8782 and entering Web ID 921 5903 3811. 


The public is invited to learn more about this committee on the Law & Justice Public Review Committee webpage

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. More help coming to small businesses through CARES Act funds

    Local businesses are struggling, and the Pierce County Council wants to help. That’s why Thursday it passed its second round of emergency legislation in a week aimed at getting money into the hands of Pierce County business owners. Read on...
  2. Public Review Committee on Law & Justice presents its report to Pierce County Council

    For seven weeks, 14 community members from across Pierce County came together at the request of the Pierce County Council to review county policies, procedures and best practices within its criminal justice systems. Read on...
  3. Pierce County Council extends CARES Act relief to support restaurants, food banks

    The nearly 300 local restaurants participating in the Restaurant Rally program will now be reimbursed 100% for gross sales, excluding alcohol and third-party orders, for the two-week event period that ends Thursday, Nov. 19. Read on...
  1. Pierce County Council begins mid-biennial budget adjustment review

    As it looks to adjust the 2020-2021 biennial budget, the Pierce County Council is committed to prioritizing a revenue neutral position that does not rely on “rainy day funds” to balance expenditures. Read on...
  2. Approval of community plan updates set stage for growth in Pierce County

    To accommodate projected population growth over the next 20 years, the Pierce County Council approved zoning changes and plan updates to four community plans that cover the county’s most urban unincorporated communities. Read on...
  3. Pierce County Council reallocates CARES Act funds to save jobs, help residents

    The Pierce County Council reallocated $18.5 million in CARES Act monies to provide additional assistance to veterans and residents negatively impacted by COVID-19, and to establish a new program aimed at keeping local restaurants open. Read on...
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