Latest Blog Posts

  1. And justice for all

    …with liberty and justice for all.  As a kid I repeated the Pledge of Allegiance every morning in school.  Whether during my service on the Puyallup School Board or in the Legislature, I recited the Pledge with sincerity at the start of each session...

    Pierce County Executive Blog
  2. COVID-19 impacts on behavioral health

    A few years ago, the County Council established the Mobile Community Intervention Response Team to address a high number of calls to 911 that needed assistance, but not by traditional first responders like law enforcement or fire and rescue...

    ConnieLadenburg
  3. Now they’ve done it

    The year 2020 has thrown a lot at us.  We started out with mudslides, shifted into a pandemic and we’re still recovering from last week’s wildfires. You may be asking, what could possibly happen, next? Well, sadly, this seemingly doomed calendar year...

    Pierce County Executive Blog
  4. Days to remember

    Sometimes history focuses on the losses, like the number of buildings destroyed, the financial toll of a tragedy, and, most importantly, the lives lost. And while it is important to take in the gravity of these situations, it’s equally important to...

    Pierce County Executive Blog
  5. Guest blog: Caring for our seniors

    Hello, from Aging and Disability Resources (ADR). I appreciate Heather giving me this opportunity to highlight the great work our team is doing. For some background, ADR is designated as the Area Agency on Aging (AAA) for Pierce County. We are...

    HumanServices
  6. The power and importance of education

    I don’t think I could believe more strongly in education.  My life has been shaped by my education, from Mr. Dempsey’s 7th Grade class at Curtis Junior High to the Leadership Class at the U.S. Naval Academy, and from Construction Law classes at the...

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  7. Are you hungry?

    COVID-19 has created terrible new problems and worsened some that we’ve already had in our community. One of the areas hardest hit over the last few months is the network of food support for those who are struggling to feed themselves and their...

    Pierce County Executive Blog
  8. Answer your phone!

    Like many of you, I usually let unfamiliar phone numbers go straight to voice mail.  But, these days we should all be a little more lenient on that – or at least check your voicemail frequently!  That’s because you never know when that phone call may...

    Pierce County Executive Blog
  9. Technology, stock tips and COVID

    I was really looking forward to my Tuesday morning.  I have been office-bound by COVID, so the prospect of getting out with our Roads Crew doing chip sealing got me rev’d up! First, I was reminded just how big our county is.  It took me nearly 45...

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  10. Give them a standing ovation!

    Let’s face it.  It’s been a rough few months. It’s been difficult to get and keep our bearings during the pandemic. But there are a few people and groups that not only held their own but found opportunity and creativity in this unprecedented time. ...

    Pierce County Executive Blog
  11. Summer Update

    Happy Summer, Friends! I am proud of my twenty-five year career in public service, and if there’s a silver lining to all the uncertainty and fear around COVID, it’s that public servants like me really have an opportunity to step up. And step up we...

    HumanServices
  12. In the center of the storm

    In the center of the storm So, we’ve all seen the memes that end with the blank stare on the person’s face because they just can’t process what they’ve seen or heard? You can almost hear the crickets … I’ve seen that look for years when I explained...

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  13. In it for the long-term

    In it for the long-term Have you tried to buy a bike, lately?  What about adopting a shelter pet for quarantine company?  These and other popular items are in short supply, thanks to the ripple effect of the pandemic.  In the case of abandoned...

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  14. A roller coaster ride

    A roller coaster ride I like, but don’t love, roller coasters.  I ride them mostly with my son, Colin, who loves them.  The roller coaster rides that I hate are where you can’t see what is coming and have no ability to anticipate and prepare. Well,...

    Pierce County Executive Blog
  15. How are you?

    Many people are facing incredible difficulties in the face of COVID.  Some have lost loved ones, and even worse, have not been able to be in the room when they passed.  In comparison, my loss was not as great, but it still hurt my heart – a lot. My...

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  16. Council Schedule Highlights Week of July 6th, 2020

    Due to Governor Inslee’s Emergency Proclamations 20–05 and 20–28, in-person attendance by members of the public at meetings of the Pierce County Council is NOT permitted at this time. Public participation must be done remotely. Remote attendance and...

    DerekYoung
  17. On second thought

    On second thought In last week’s blog I mentioned our intention to file an application with the state Department of Health to enter Phase 2.5 of the Governor’s Safe Start Order. That was then, and this is now. Since that blog was posted, we’ve seen a...

    Pierce County Executive Blog
  18. Council Schedule Highlights Week of June 29th, 2020

    Due to Governor Inslee’s Emergency Proclamations 20–05 and 20–28, in-person attendance by members of the public at meetings of the Pierce County Council is NOT permitted at this time. Public participation must be done remotely. Remote attendance and...

    DerekYoung
  19. Lots of questions

    Lots of questions This week I gathered with hundreds of you at our second Town Hall.  Many thanks to those of you who took the time to submit questions and participate. There were many questions about the practices and protocols we’re putting in...

    Pierce County Executive Blog
  20. Human Services Committee Leadership

    The Governor’s new order on public meetings allows local governments to resume non-COVID-19 business, while still operating remotely. That means committee meetings resumed this morning. At this afternoon’s Council meeting Councilmember Ladenburg and...

    DerekYoung