Latest Blog Posts

  1. A new adventure!

    Can you imagine traveling seventy miles on the water under your own power – no motor or sail? Me, neither! But, earlier this week about 120 teams of intrepid – and maybe a bit crazy – people took on that challenge for the first time in the South...

    Pierce County Executive Blog
  2. Aging is natural. Abuse is not.

    The mornings were still a bit cold in her house, even though spring was right around the corner. As she sat in her chair to enjoy a cup of tea and read the newspaper – the same routine she has enjoyed for the past 25 years – her phone rang. She...

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  3. Pierce County Graduates

    Ok, I am warning you…I am about to brag! Our granddaughter, Justice, whom is a graduate from Spanaway Lake High School,  graduated last Sunday from the University of Washington-Seattle, Foster School of Business in Accounting. She has a summer intern...

    ConnieLadenburg
  4. Community

    Community. You take a collection of people in a geographic area and call that a community. But being a community is a continuous endeavor. It’s that feeling of belonging, that members matter to one another, and everyone is committed to the greater...

    Pierce County Executive Blog
  5. Second Chances

    22,800. More than 3 sold out games at Cheney Stadium. Enough people to fill the Washington State fairgrounds in Puyallup 2 times. And nearly enough to fill the Tacoma Dome. What is it? The estimated number of people in Pierce County who are...

    HumanServices
  6. A clear view

    We owe the residents of Pierce County as much insight into how their government operates as possible.  That’s why a team of County employees have spent the better part of the last few months designing and developing a suite of online platforms for...

    Pierce County Executive Blog
  7. City of Tacoma’s Stability Site

    There has been a great deal of focus on homelessness for a number of years and effort by government on how we can eliminate this problem. When we think of homelessness, more often than not we think of the people on the corner or in an encampment....

    ConnieLadenburg
  8. Unprecedented

    Messages matter.  And, the message we were sending last Tuesday during a press conference was that we want more family-wage jobs for our residents and good businesses are an important part of a vibrant Pierce County! Standing shoulder-to-shoulder...

    Pierce County Executive Blog
  9. Oh, baby!

    Did you know that in 2016, Pierce County had the highest number of children entering foster care in Washington State? Of the 1,700 children currently in foster care in the county, nearly half of them are under the age of 5. While we have many...

    Pierce County Executive Blog
  10. Now, that’s ironic!

    As you might suspect, I am frequently asked to give greetings/welcome/opening comments to groups that meet throughout our County. They can range from the Pierce County Prayer Breakfast, to the South Sound Military Community Partnership Elected...

    Pierce County Executive Blog
  11. The voice of the customer

    Hearing our customers – that is, the residents of Pierce County – gives us the opportunity every day to adapt and improve our work. Their feedback helps us see were we can improve, what investments we need to make, and how we can work together more...

    Pierce County Executive Blog
  12. This page quiet until November

    County ethics rules prohibit the use of County communication resources on behalf of a candidate for office after April 30th. As a result, this blog will be going quiet until November. I will continue providing regular updates on my own blog, campaign...

    DerekYoung
  13. Council Schedule Highlights Week of April 30th, 2018

    Programming note… County ethics rules prohibit the use of County communication resources on behalf of a candidate for office after April 30th. As a result, this blog will be going quiet until November. I will continue providing regular updates...

    DerekYoung
  14. At a crossroads

    Pierce County has come to a crossroads, with two potential routes ahead of us. One path leads us to being a bedroom community for King County. In fact, that is already a reality for about 33% of our citizens who live in Pierce County but work up...

    Pierce County Executive Blog
  15. Council Schedule Highlights Week of April 23rd, 2018

    Monday, APRIL 23rd, 2018 1:30pm Public Safety, Human Services, and Budget Dan Roach, Chair Derek Young, Vice Chair Connie Ladenburg Jim McCune Pam Roach This meeting will be broadcast live and replayed on channel 22 (Comcast and Click! Network) and...

    DerekYoung
  16. Hello, goodbye

    It’s never easy saying good-bye to someone you care about, even in the workplace.  It’s even harder when it’s someone you spend much of your day with and who is key to your own success. After 30 years serving the residents of Pierce County – and...

    Pierce County Executive Blog
  17. District Office Hours in Key Center

    After months of budget and legal wrangling, I’m finally ready to start having district office hours in the Key Peninsula Community Council office. It’s in the Key Center Corral, 9013 Key Peninsula Hwy N Ste D Lakebay WA 98349. I had just...

    DerekYoung
  18. Council Schedule Highlights Week of April 16th, 2018

    Monday, APRIL 16th, 2018 1:30pm Community Development Committee Rick Talbert, Chair Dan Roach, Vice Chair Douglas G. Richardson Derek Young Jim McCune Regularly scheduled meetings are broadcast live and replayed on channel 22 (Comcast and Click!...

    DerekYoung
  19. Changing perspectives

    I strongly believe that you can learn a lot – and some of the most important things – by asking questions and listening to others’ perspectives.  This principle is even more critical as the County Executive.  Whether it is touring local...

    Pierce County Executive Blog
  20. Pierce County Council passes 2018 supplemental budget with emphasis on public safety

    Yesterday the Pierce County Council voted unanimously to adopt Ordinance 2018-11s, the 2018 supplemental budget as amended. The additional $3.7 million appropriation focuses on supporting public safety, parks and community infrastructure...

    DerekYoung