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What's New in District 6
Pierce College recognized by County Council for 50 years of service 
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Congratulations to Pierce College for helping over 20,000 students for the past 50 years realize the possibilities of where an education can take them. I feel fortunate to have an award winning, collegiate institution in my district that employs over 1,100 people and serves not only the residents of Pierce County but U.S. military personnel around the world with educational opportunities. Today, I am delighted that the Pierce County Council recognizes your service and would like to express appreciation by proclaiming October 8, 2016 “Pierce College Day”.

Click to view the proclamation.

Click to view the 50th Anniversary festivities

A Statement from Pierce County Council Chair Doug Richardson

“I am in receipt of Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy’s veto of Council Ordinance 2016-35s which requested the Planning Commission to conduct a public hearing considering amendments to prohibit the production, processing, and retail sale of marijuana in Pierce County. There are not five votes on the Council necessary to override her veto.

Ordinance 2015-27s goes into effect tomorrow, July 1, 2016. We need to ensure that it is implemented to the full extent of the law and illegal dispensaries are closed. The drug enforcement fund established by the Council will be used by law enforcement and prosecuting attorneys to protect public safety."

Summer Changes for Ferry Riders

Big changes are coming to the County’s ferry run to Anderson and Ketron Islands. Get the details about more sailings being added, a second boat will be added during peak summer runs, and a modern ticketing system will allow riders to buy tickets through a mobile app.


Pierce County Talks interview on JBLM drawdown

Thousands of JBLM personnel got the news that the Army will not reduce their numbers by 11,000 but some troops and civilians will still have to go. Erich Ebel speaks with Pierce County Councilmember Doug Richardson and South Sound Military and Communities Partnership’s Tiffany Speir about what this means for the future of Joint Base Lewis-McChord. 


County Council honors retiring JBLM commander

The Pierce County Council honors retiring JBLM commander Col. Hodges with a proclamation at an in-district meeting in DuPont. Col. Hodges speaks about the major project that will improve life for everyone around the base that’s about to begin.

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Military personnel transitioning from JBLM have help finding new careers
1,250 soldiers will transition out of the military from JBLM when their jobs are cut over the next two years. Learn more about that timeline, the impact on the Pierce County community and what’s being done to help those soldiers find new careers in the area. Find out which big-name companies want to scoop them up.


District 6 - Neighborhoods and Communities
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 About Councilmember Richardson
Pierce County Councilmember Douglas Richardson was elected to office as representative of District 6 in November 2012.
Public Service

Councilmember Richardson has a distingished history of public service including 17 years on the Lakewood City Council from 1995 –2012. During his seven years as Mayor of Lakewood, Richardson focused on public safety, economic development and parks. He spearheaded the creation of the South Sound Military & Communities Partnership to address military growth and coordination issues in partnership with Joint Base Lewis-McChord and surrounding jurisdictions.  While on the City Council, Richardson served on several boards and committees including: Law Enforcement Support Agency (board member), South Sound 911 Policy Board (board member), Lakewood Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (chair), and numerous civic and fraternal organizations.  

Councilmember Richardson has been heavily involved in the district for over 20 years, and knows the issues and priorities of this community.  As the District 6 Representative and Chair of the Council for 2016 Richardson will focus on continued transportation improvements, addressing blighted properties and property crimes, public health and safety issues, and fiscal responsibility. Along with serving at the Chair of the Council, Councilmember Richardson serves as Vice Chair of the Performance Audit Committee, member of the Community Development Committee, and Vice Chair of the Economic and Infrastructure Development Committee. Councilmember Richardson also serves on a number of external boards and commissions

Professional & Educational Background
Councilmember Richardson was raised in West Groton, Massachusetts, and came to the Lakewood area while serving on active duty with the 2nd Ranger Battalion on Fort Lewis. He is a graduate of The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina, and was awarded a Masters in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. Councilmember Richardson retired from the Army Reserve as a brigadier general after completing 32 years of active and reserve service and was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal.

Personal Life
Councilmember Richardson has over 30 years of management experience in private sector Defense Systems. He and his wife, Charlene, have two grown children and enjoy spending time with their two grandchildren.  

Contact Us

Douglas Richardson
District 6 Councilmember

Alice McDaniel
Councilmember Assistant

County-City Building
Room 1046
930 Tacoma Ave. S.
Tacoma, WA 98402-2176

Ph: (253) 798-3308
Fx: (253) 798-7509



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