Latest Blog Posts

  1. Validating the victorious and vanquished

    Election Day has come and gone and nearly all the races are decided (Even as I write this, two contests are still too close too call!).  As a community, we just finished one of the most important things we do as citizens of the U.S. – we selected...

    Pierce County Executive Blog
  2. Another chance to voice your opinion on housing at Chambers Bay

    A number of weeks ago we had a proposal to accept the Master Plan for Chambers Creek properties. There was language within the plan that would allow extended stay housing as part of the golf resort – leased housing for 30 days or more with no limit...

    ConnieLadenburg
  3. Saluting those who have served our Country!

    In this week’s blog I want to turn the mirror around and focus on some of you – our veterans working at Pierce County. You may not realize it but we have about 100 employees who wore, or are wearing, the uniform. We asked a few of them about how they...

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  4. To those that get it done

    For many weeks, the County Council has been focusing on the Pierce County 2018 Budget. I will write about the budget when all is said and done at the end of this month. Today, I want to speak about those that get it done and thank them for doing it –...

    ConnieLadenburg
  5. Council Schedule Highlights Week of November 6th, 2017

      Monday, NOVEMBER 6th, 2017 10:00am RULES AND OPERATIONS COMMITTEE  Douglas G. Richardson, Chair Rick Talbert, Vice Chair Dan Roach, Executive Pro Tempore Regularly scheduled meetings are broadcast live and replayed on channel 22 (Comcast and...

    DerekYoung
  6. Creativity

    How would you go about trying to raise awareness around the importance of conserving resources and encourage people to change their driving habits?  And, do it without making people feel guilty or annoyed? That’s the challenge Ryan Dicks, our...

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  7. Addresses on Key Peninsula, Fox Island and Anderson Island expected to change in 2018

      Addresses on Key Peninsula, Fox Island and Anderson Island are expected to change in early 2018 in order to comply with Next Generation 911 and U.S. Postal Service standards. Addresses on Key Peninsula with a “KPN” directional would use “NW,”...

    DerekYoung
  8. Celebrating excellence

    I had the privilege of attending my first Employee Recognition event with many of you last night.  Along with Chair Doug Richardson, many elected officials, and members of our executive management team, we cheered, smiled and saluted some inspiring...

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  9. Last Week at the Pierce County Council — October 22nd, 2017

    Monday Rules Committee Proposal №2017–51, County Excise Tax on Real Estate Sales and REET Adjustments — Sponsored by Richardson and Young Unlike almost any other county, Pierce has dedicated portions of REET to pay for specific programs. Particularly...

    DerekYoung
  10. The power of partnerships

    It’s not every day that you have the opportunity to compete for one of the largest corporate headquarters in the world.  But, that’s what the partners across Pierce County did this week. You might have heard that Amazon issued an RFP for their second...

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  11. Council Schedule Highlights Week of October 16th, 2017

    Monday, OCTOBER 16th, 2017 10:00am RULES AND OPERATIONS COMMITTEE  Douglas G. Richardson, Chair Rick Talbert, Vice Chair Dan Roach, Executive Pro Tempore Regularly scheduled meetings are broadcast live and replayed on channel 22 (Comcast and Click!...

    DerekYoung
  12. Last Week at the Pierce County Council — October 15th, 2017

    It’s been a busy week but I’d be lying if I said my head was in it. With two tragedies involving Peninsula High School students, my thoughts frequently drifted to their loss, the families they left behind, and the impact on our community. It started...

    DerekYoung
  13. Community

    Community means many things to many people – and it is the heart of why we choose to live where we live.  Community is what binds us together and helps us through the most difficult times.   Our County is big and while we have a common sense of...

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  14. In the shadow of the mountain

    Mt. Rainier towers over the small towns at its base – literally and figuratively. Sitting in the shadow of the majestic mountain are rural communities like Elbe and Ashford. Nearly 2 million people flock to the mountain to hike the Burroughs, trek...

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  15. Differing perspectives

    I have nine months under my belt as the Executive and I am still visiting with departments and learning about some of the important and interesting jobs we do in the County. We have many employees who are called upon to do difficult jobs.  Working to...

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  16. Council Schedule Highlights Week of September 25th, 2017

    Monday, SEPTEMBER 25th, 2017 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
  17. Déjà vu?

    The ink is barely dry on the 2017 supplemental budget, but it is already budget season again! A special thanks to Gary Robinson, Jim Dickman, Julie Demuth, and the rest of the Finance team for their great work and amazing commitment to getting this...

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  18. A County Agency Provides Hope for Our Youth

    Everyone knows that one of the primary roles of County government is to provide justice services. This includes, law enforcement, the jail, prosecutors, assigned council (public defenders) and the courts. What most people don’t think of in this...

    ConnieLadenburg
  19. Vox populi

    This week’s blog is titled “Vox populi.”  For those of you who don’t know Latin, it means “the voice of the people.” Our community and our government depend on the active involvement of “the people” for support and vitality.  They are volunteers,...

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  20. Disappointment for Chambers Bay

    I have to admit that I am very disappointed with most of the County Council. I have written before on the development at Chambers Bay. For those that may be first time readers or may have missed previous blogs here is a little background. It has been...

    ConnieLadenburg