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Happy New Year,

Now that 2017 is in full swing, I want to share with you the newly elected council leadership and assignments on council committees and other boards and commissions. Also, below are details for an opportunity on the Surface Water Management Advisory Board.

As always, please never hesitate to contact me with questions or concerns. I appreciate all your support as I represent the citizens of Pierce County Council District 4!


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Pierce County Council chooses leadership, committees for 2017

Pierce County Councilmember Doug Richardson was re-elected Council chair. Councilmember Rick Talbert is vice-chair and Councilmember Dan Roach is serving as executive pro-tempore. The chair presides at all regular Council meetings, while the vice-chair presides in the absence of the chair. The executive pro tempore is a councilmember selected to perform some of the County Executive's duties in the event of the executive's absence or temporary disability.

Councilmembers selected their standing committee assignments, as well as positions on the various county boards and commissions:

  • Rules and Operations Committee meets Mondays at 10 a.m. – Doug Richardson (chair), Rick Talbert (vice chair, District 5), Dan Roach (executive pro-tempore, District 1), Jim McCune (alternate, District 3).
  • Community Development Committee meets on the first and third Monday of each month at 1:30 p.m. – Derek Young (chair, District 7), Doug Richardson (vice chair), Rick Talbert (member), Jim McCune (member), Pam Roach (member, District 2).
  • Economic and Infrastructure Development Committee meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 9:30 a.m. – Pam Roach (chair), Connie Ladenburg (vice chair, District 4), Doug Richardson (member), Rick Talbert (member), Jim McCune (member).
  • Public Safety and Human Services, and Budget Committee meets on the second Monday of each month at 1:30 p.m. – Dan Roach (chair), Derek Young (vice chair), Connie Ladenburg (member), Jim McCune (member), Pam Roach (member).
  • Ad Hoc Committee on Human Services- Connie Ladenburg (chair), Derek Young (vice chair), Doug Richardson (member).
  • Ad Hoc Committee on Budget- Doug Richardson (chair), Dan Roach (vice chair), Rick Talbert (member).

More information about the County Council is available online at or by calling (253) 798-7777. The full Council meets Tuesdays at 3p.m. in the Council Chambers on the 10th floor of the County-City Building, 930 Tacoma Ave. S., Room 1045, Tacoma.

Council meetings are also televised live and replayed each week on Pierce County TV (channel 22 on Comcast and Click! Network, and channel 20 on Rainier Connect) and streamed live and archived at

Surface Water Management Advisory Board open position

The Surface Water Management Advisory Board (SWAB) works with Pierce County to make recommendations on the county's surface water management program to the Pierce County Council and Executive. The SWAB is a Pierce County Executive-appointed, Council-confirmed advisory board on surface water management issues in unincorporated Pierce County. For more information on this position please click here.

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