Welcome to the Kittitas County Board of Commissioners Office
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An overview of the County Commissioners
Regular Meetings, Special Meetings, and Agenda Sessions
- Public Participation
Written and oral communications and speaking at Commissioner meetings
Our elected County Commissioners
Commissioners' office staff:
Julie Kjorsvik, Clerk of the Board
Mandy Buchholz, Deputy Clerk of the Board
Debbie Myers, Board Clerk/Receptionist
Brandi Greene, Records Clerk
The County Commissioners are empowered to set county policy, adopt laws, implement
them, and, except for the responsibilities of other elected officials, carry out
day-to-day operations of the County. Chapter
There are three County Commissioners, elected to serve on four-year terms. Each
Commissioner represents a specific district within Kittitas County. County Commissioners
are nominated for office in a primary election embracing only their particular district.
In the general election, however, all voters in a county vote for each County Commissioner
position on the ballot.
- 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
- Operate all departments of the county except those headed by other elected officials,
- County roads and bridges
- Sewer and water service
- Implementation of laws relating to land use planning and zoning
- Building permits and inspections
- Parks & recreation programs
- County fair
- Public health
- Community Mental Health/Substance Abuse/Developmental Disabilities Programs
- Solid Waste Department
- Juvenile detention/Misdemeanant Probation Services
- E-911 & Emergency Services
County Commissioner Meetings
The Kittitas County Commissioners hold the following regularly scheduled meetings:
Commissioners Office Administration Meetings: Office Administrative
meeting with office staff to review schedules, weekly correspondence, Personnel
Actions Forms, and vouchers.
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 and 3rd Monday)
Agenda Study Session: Commissioners hold an Agenda Study Session to review
agenda items for their regularly scheduled Agenda. View agendas
and minutes >
1:30 p.m. (2nd and 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 Director
of CDS to discuss issues relating to the CDS Department.
10:00 a.m. (1st and 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 and 4th Tuesday)
Human Resource Department Study Session: Commissioners meet with
the Human Resource Director to discuss issues relating to county human resources.
8:00 a.m. (1st Wednesday)
Law & Justice Study Session: Commissioners meet with representatives from Law
& Justice departments.
10:00 a.m. (2nd Thursday)
Solid Waste/Maintenance/Fair Office: Commissioners meet with the Directors
of Solid Waste, Maintenance and the Fair to receive updates on their departments
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
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.
Public Participation at Commissioners' Meeting
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 will be 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
- State your name, address 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.
- Please limit your comments on public comment items to three (3) minutes.
- Submit all written comments to the Clerk of the Board.
Agenda Sessions are conducted on the first and third Tuesday of every month in the
Commissioners' Auditorium 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"
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 the Vice-Chairman 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.