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 the Council this week:


Monday (Nov. 2)

10 a.m.: Rules and Operations Committee will review and approve the meeting schedule and agendas for the week of Nov. 9-13, 2020, including the Nov. 12, 2020 District 7 special meeting agenda.

11 a.m.: Study Session includes review of the draft 2021 state legislative priorities.

1:30 p.m.:  Community Development Committee will receive updates from Dan Cardwell from Planning and Public Works on the implementation of the long-range planning work program and an update on a joint planning/pre-annexation agreement.


Tuesday (Nov. 3)

9:30 a.m.: Human Services Committee will receive a report on treatment services in jail systems from the Opioid Task Force from coordinator Trevor Higgins and will review the strategic plan for Behavioral Health System Improvements from the Regional System of Care Committee.

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

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

  • Setting the date of the District 7 special in-district meeting for Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020 at 5 p.m. and setting the date of the District 3 special in-district meeting for Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020 at 6 p.m. 

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


Thursday (Nov. 5)

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 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 approved

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The Pierce County Council approved updates to the Community Plans of Frederickson, Mid County, Parkland-Spanaway-Midland and South Hill at an Oct. 29, 2020 meeting.


This after the Council held a series of public meetings beginning in September before its Community Development Committee.


The Community Plan update process spanned four years and included an extensive public process. Below is the list of hearings where the plan was heard by the Council's Community Development Committee and the entire Council.


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


View the Centers and Corridors proposal.


Meeting dates:


  • 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 amendments proposed for the four community plan updates.
  • Oct. 12, 1:30 p.m.: Special Community Development Committee meeting to review countywide policies and regulations as it relates to implementation of the Centers and Corridors legislation.
  • Oct. 19, 1:30 p.m.: Regular Community Development Committee meeting to review final committee amendments and prepare a recommendation for Council action.
  • Oct. 22, 2:30 p.m.: Special Community Development Committee meeting, continuation of Oct. 19, 2020 meeting. 
  • Oct. 27, 3 p.m.: Regular Council meeting to vote on proposed updates.
  • Oct. 29, 1:30 p.m.: Continued meeting from Oct. 27, which was canceled due to technical difficulties. View agenda.

Latest Council action


Approval of community plan updates set stage for future 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 more.


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 more.


Wheeled all-terrain vehicles allowed on more county roads starting in 2021

Effective Jan. 1, 2021 wheeled all-terrain vehicles will be permitted on 371 centerline miles of unincorporated east Pierce County roads.

Read more.


Undersheriff Brent Bomkamp appointed sheriff by Pierce County Council

Three decades of public service to the Pierce County Sheriff's Department, a commitment to maintain existing leadership and strong relationships within the county were just some of the reasons why the Council appointed Undersheriff Brent Bomkamp to the position vacated by Sheriff Paul Pastor.

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. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. Wheeled all-terrain vehicles allowed on more unincorporated roadways starting Jan. 1, 2021

    The roadways were added with the County Council’s unanimous approval of Ordinance 2020-90s. Read on...
  1. Undersheriff Brent Bomkamp appointed sheriff by Pierce County Council

    Bomkamp will serve as sheriff until November when voters elect the next Pierce County Sheriff. Read on...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
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