Latest Blog Posts

  1. Aloha and farewell

    Executive Dammeier asked me to reminisce over my last 30 years at Pierce County as I’m preparing to retire.  I’ve been doing a lot of that as I clean out files and turn projects over to various folks.  I’ll start at the beginning . . . One of the...

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  2. Celebrating together

    I recently helped facilitate a new agreement between the City of Ruston, City of Tacoma and the Point Ruston developers. My goal was to find a solution that would get the huge waterfront project moving forward for the benefit of our residents. If...

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  3. Setting the Foundation for 2018

    Recently, the County Council took part in a two day strategic planning retreat. I was a little nervous that we would actually get through this process, work together and come to a consensus of the direction of the Council and the County. In the five...

    ConnieLadenburg
  4. Council Schedule Highlights Week of February 12th, 2018

    Monday, FEBRUARY 12th, 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)...

    DerekYoung
  5. Retreat Week

    Council Retreat While regular business may have been slow, Council spent two days meeting at the Environmental Services Center to set priorities for the year. Increased investment for public safety and abatement of drug houses drew the most attention...

    DerekYoung
  6. Full disclosure

    My core values as a leader include being transparent and open.  That’s why it’s important to me that you are aware of an important new study that will begin later this spring. When I joined the County last year, I was surprised to learn we have not...

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  7. Pierce County’s new portal improves access to public records

    It just got easier to access Pierce County public records. Thanks to a newly launched public records request portal, people will have easier access to records requested under the Public Records Act. Reflecting the County’s commitment to greater...

    DerekYoung
  8. Council Schedule Highlights Week of February 5th, 2018

    Monday, FEBRUARY 5th, 2018 1:30pm Community Development Committee Rick Talbert, Chair Dan Roach, Vice Chair Douglas G. Richardson Derek Young Jim McCune This meeting will be broadcast live and replayed on channel 22 (Comcast and Click! Network) and...

    DerekYoung
  9. Progress on Opioids, a Step Backward for Regionalism

    Opioid Summit Last Friday we hosted the Pierce Countywide Opioid Summit. More than 150 leaders from cities, health care, social services, fire, public health, law enforcement, criminal justice joined us to learn more about the crisis and the action...

    DerekYoung
  10. Daunting challenges

    Have you ever faced an obstacle that seemed impossible to overcome?  Maybe it’s those last 10 stubborn pounds to lose (I am working on that!). Or quitting smoking. Perhaps your garage needs a complete cleaning so you can get your car back inside. The...

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  11. Pierce Countywide Opioid Summit Live Stream

    We decide to live stream the Opioid Summit since not everyone could fit in the room that might have interest. Here’s a link to the Facebook Live feed on the County’s page. And here’s the agenda, subject to change depending on the...

    DerekYoung
  12. Apart we’re smart, together we’re brilliant

    Last week I went to a National Association of Counties’ “Health & Justice” forum. There were other county council members and commissioners from throughout the country sharing their efforts to work on the intersection of health and justice. So...

    ConnieLadenburg
  13. Council Schedule Highlights Week of January 29th, 2018

    Monday, JANUARY 29th, 2018 1:30pm Community Development Committee Rick Talbert, Chair Dan Roach, Vice Chair Douglas G. Richardson Derek Young Jim McCune This meeting will be broadcast live and replayed on channel 22 (Comcast and Click! Network) and...

    DerekYoung
  14. Great ideas

    I’ve spent a good part of this week going over the responses many of you provided to last week’s blog survey. I was surprised and pleased at how seriously you took the invitation to comment! There were several common themes.  You shared your concerns...

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  15. Council Schedule Highlights Week of January 22nd, 2018

    Monday, JANUARY 22nd, 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. Your turn!

    In the picture below you can see some of the members of our Executive team in a discussion about our plans for 2018. We have some important initiatives and new projects we want to launch, as well as building on some of the successes we saw in 2017....

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  17. A Bipartisan Resolution for Rural Water Rights & the State Capital Budget

    Tonight the Legislature found a resolution to a problem I’ve been working on behalf of Washington Counties — the so-called Hirst decision. In doing so they also assured passage of the Capital Budget, including hundreds of critical projects around the...

    DerekYoung
  18. Lost

    This week, Pierce County lost an amazing father, husband, friend and protector, Deputy Daniel A. McCartney. To his family, friends, and co-workers, I am deeply saddened by your loss. You are in my prayers. This loss reaches out and impacts everyone...

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  19. Remembering Our Fallen

    A number of years ago my husband John, and I attended the Law Enforcement Memorial’s annual fundraiser. For a period of time John and I would put on our finest, drive up to one of the big hotels next to Sea-Tac, enter a large ballroom room, visit...

    ConnieLadenburg
  20. 2018 Committee and External Board Appointments

    At this afternoon’s Council meeting we passed two resolutions making appointments to our standing committees as well as external boards and commissions. I’ll be a busy boy serving on all three standing committees and some of the most...

    DerekYoung