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  • Organization
    An overview of the County Commissioners
  • Meetings
    Regular Meetings, Special Meetings, and Agenda Sessions
  • Public Participation
    Written and oral communications and speaking at Commissioner meetings

Governmental Organization

The County Commissioners are empowered to set county policy, adopt laws, implement them, and, except for the responsibilities of other elected officials, carry out the day-to-day operations of the County. Chapter 36.32 RCW

Commissioners' office staff:

Julie Kjorsvik, Clerk of the Board
Mandy Buchholz, Deputy Clerk of the Board
Debbie Myers, Board Clerk/Receptionist

There are three County Commissioners that are elected to serve a four-year term. Each Commissioner represents a specific district within Kittitas County. The County Commissioners are nominated for office in a primary election embracing only their particular district. However, in the general election, all voters have the opportunity to vote for each County Commissioner position on the ballot.

Responsibilities/duties - Chapter 36.32 RCW

  • Adopting, amending and repealing all county ordinances, which are essentially laws of the county.
  • Adopting the county's annual budget and impose the taxes and set the fees that fund it.
  • Operate all departments of the county except those headed by other elected officials, including:
    • County roads and bridges (Public Works)
    • Sewer and water service
    • Implementation of laws relating to land use planning and zoning (CDS)
    • Building permits and inspections
    • Parks & recreation programs
    • Extension
    • County Fair
    • Public Health
    • Community Mental Health/Substance Abuse/Developmental Disabilities Programs
    • Solid Waste Department
    • Juvenile detention/Misdemeanant Probation Services
    • E-911 & Emergency Services
    • Fire Marshal
    • Noxious Weed Department

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County Commissioner Meetings

The Kittitas County Commissioners hold the following regularly scheduled meetings:

Monday

9:00 a.m.
Commissioners Office Administration Meetings
Meetings are held with office staff to review schedules, weekly correspondence, Personnel Actions Forms, vouchers and other misc. items as noted on the agenda.
9:40 a.m.
Appointed/Elected
Department Heads

Department Heads weekly meeting with the Commissioners to discuss a variety of issues. Department Heads sign up ahead of time for a 10-minute session.
10:30 a.m.
1st/3rd Monday
Agenda Study Session
Commissioners hold an Agenda Study Session to review agenda items for their regularly scheduled Agenda.

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11:00 a.m.
4th Monday
Information Technology
Study Session

Commissioners meet with the Director of Information Technology to discuss issues relating to the IT department.
1:30 p.m.
2nd/4th Monday

Public Works/Community Development Services Study Session
Commissioners meet with the Director of Public Works to discuss issues relating to the Public Works department. Immediately following, the Commissioners meet with the Planning Official to discuss issues relating to the CDS Department.

Tuesday

10:00 a.m.
1st/3rd Tuesday

Agenda Session
Regular meeting date of the Board of County Commissioners. If the Tuesday falls on a holiday, such regular meetings shall be held on the next business day. Should another time be required for any business, prior notice will be given for such special meeting in accordance with the law.
10:00 a.m.
2nd/4th Tuesday

Human Resource Study Session
Commissioners meet with the Human Resource Director to discuss issues relating to county human resources.
2:00 p.m.
2nd Tuesday
Solid Waste, Maintenance,
Fair Office

Commissioners meet with the Directors of Solid Waste, Maintenance and the Fair to receive updates on their departments and projects.

Wednesday

8:00 a.m.
1st Wednesday

Law & Justice Study Session
Commissioners meet with representatives from Law & Justice departments.

Thursday

10:00 a.m.
3rd Thursday
Board of Health Meeting
Commissioners meet in collaboration with the County Health Officer, Public Health Department and community members to ensure that the core of public health functions, set forth in the public health improvement plan, are implemented and maintained.
1:30 p.m.
3rd Thursday
Finance Officer Study Session
The Commissioners meet with the County Finance Officer to receive updates on the County budgets.

For a listing of Commissioners' regularly scheduled meetings, see Kittitas County Code chapter 2.04.010.

To view all scheduled meetings or search past meetings, see County Meetings.

The Board will make every effort to be available to county staff and public during regular business hours, while recognizing their schedules and commitments outside the office. Please call and schedule an appointment if you would like to speak to a Board member.

Note: Open public meetings must be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance.

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Public Participation at Commissioners' Meeting

Cell phones and other noise making electronics are to be silenced before the beginning of a meeting. If you must talk on a phone please exit the meeting area. Please refrain from side conversations during meetings.

Public Hearings

The purpose of Public Hearings is to allow the public to provide input/testimony to the Board of County Commissioners on a particular subject.

Public Hearings are usually scheduled at 2:00 p.m. and heard in the order in which they are listed on the Agenda, unless otherwise noticed.

Audience Comments - Procedure for Participation at Public Hearing

When recognized:

  • State your name, address, if you are resident of Kittitas County, and whether you are representing only yourself or others. All remarks/comments should be addressed to the Board as a body and not to any specific member. Questions should be addressed to the Chairman.
  • You may submit all written comments to the Clerk of the Board.
  • Please limit your comments to three (3) minutes.

Please refrain from disruptive behavior such as cheering, jeering, or applause in response to other speakers.

The commissioners may ask questions of speakers, time to respond to a question will not take away from your presentation time.

Comments by Commissioners are at their discretion, questions to the commissioners may not be answered, and some answers may be provided during closing comments by the commissioners.

Agenda

Agenda Sessions are conducted on the first and third Tuesday of every month in the Commissioners' Auditorium - Room 109 at the Kittitas County Courthouse. The purpose of Agenda Sessions is for the Board of Commissioners to conduct the regular business of County government. Any member of the Board of Commissioners may request additional information from staff, or other parties to the particular agenda item. A citizen, who would like to comment on any matter that is on the Commissioners' Agenda, may do so in writing by providing comments to the Clerk of the Board prior to the beginning of the agenda. Comments shall not be accepted for "closed record" items.

Agenda items must be turned into the Commissioners' office by 12:00 noon on Thursday in order to be placed on the following week's Tuesday morning Agenda Session. Any supporting documents must be received no later than 12:00 noon on Thursday. If the documents are not received by Thursday at noon, that item will not be placed on the Agenda until the following Agenda Session. Any exceptions will be at the discretion of the Chairman. The following guidelines will assist in the preparation of the Commissioners' Agenda. Agenda items should be on 8.5" x 11" paper, if possible.

The Chairman of the Board shall set the Agenda or another Board Member in his absence. Any citizen or group that would like to place an item on the Commissioners' Agenda should contact the Commissioner who represents their respective District.

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