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  1. Council Schedule Highlights Week of June 26th, 2017

    Monday, JUNE 26th, 2017 11:00am Monday Study Session Presentation: Mexico Trade Mission and Paris Air Show Presenter: Councilwoman Pam Roach In addition to normal Council operations discussion, Councilwoman Roach will be giving a presentation on...

    DerekYoung
  2. The past, present and future of Pierce County

    During the time I served on the Puyallup School Board we celebrated the District's 150th anniversary.  I was struck by the fact that I was a steward of Puyallup's community schools – I had been preceded by hundreds of board...

    Pierce County Executive Blog
  3. Passage of Supplemental Budget

    This afternoon the Pierce County Council unanimously passed a long awaited supplemental budget. The process didn't start out as I had hoped. Judging by my inbox, many of you had similar thoughts. However, we rolled up our sleeves and went right...

    DerekYoung
  4. The Supplemental Budget Explained

    County Council votes on the supplemental budget today. This is where the money is coming from and where it will go. You just passed a budget in November, where did all this money come from? While most county revenue sources are relatively...

    DerekYoung
  5. Solving the Opioid Epidemic

    Overdoses and deaths from the abuse of prescription painkillers and heroin have devastated countless families and communities across the country and created an opioid epidemic. Here are some national facts: In 2014, the latest year for which...

    ConnieLadenburg
  6. Council Schedule Highlights Week of June 19th, 2017

    Monday, JUNE 19th, 2017 1:30pm Community Development Committee Derek Young, Chair Douglas G. Richardson, Vice Chair Rick Talbert Jim McCune Pam Roach This meeting will be broadcast live and replayed on channel 22 (Comcast and Click! Network) and...

    DerekYoung
  7. Flush with Success

    Wednesday we celebrated the completion of the 11-year $300 million upgrade to Pierce County';s wastewater treatment plant (WWTP). This incredibly complex project has positioned Pierce County to meet both our technical standards and growth demands...

    Pierce County Executive Blog
  8. Council Schedule Highlights Week of June 12th, 2017

    Monday, JUNE 12th, 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...

    DerekYoung
  9. Undercover Boss

    I can’t count the times I have approached an intersection and averted my eyes from panhandlers and their signs stating “will work” or “I’ll take any job.”  Waiting for the light to change, conflicting...

    Pierce County Executive Blog
  10. Avanza – Moving Forward

    It’s 2:00PM on a beautiful warm day at Zeiger Elementary in South Hill, Puyallup. You can hear happy voices on the playground. If you listen closely you will hear little voices speaking Spanish. Martha Santoyo, their teacher,...

    HumanServices
  11. Learning about family

    As you probably know by now, I love getting out to meet and talk with our employees.  So, naturally I jumped at the chance to visit with the Road Operations division at their All Hands meeting last Thursday morning.  They were gathering for...

    Pierce County Executive Blog
  12. Making an Impact!

    I currently serve as chair of the Human Services Ad Hoc Committee for the Pierce County Council. Also on the committee are Councilmembers Doug Richardson and Rick Talbert. The Pierce County Council hired the Human Services Research Institute (HRSI)...

    ConnieLadenburg
  13. And justice for all

    People often ask me what the Director of Justice Services and Special Projects actually does all day – besides go to meetings, that is.  After I chuckle, I tell them I provide oversight to five County departments (Court Clerk, Assigned...

    Pierce County Executive Blog
  14. Everything They Said They Were Going to Do, They Did!

    My life would not have been the same without my grandmother. For 30 years she worked at the Bedford, Massachusetts, Veterans Administration as a Nurse’s Aide in the psychiatric ward. She lived in the same house for 70 years. When my grandmother...

    HumanServices
  15. Council Schedule Highlights Week of May 22nd, 2017

    Monday, MAY 22nd, 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...

    DerekYoung
  16. Service

    On Thursday I attended two events that prompted me to reflect on the service our employees deliver to our citizens.  I thought about how important that service is, and the potentially unseen costs to some. At the Assessor-Treasurer’s...

    Pierce County Executive Blog
  17. Moving forward

    As you might recall, as part of the State of the County address on March 15, I introduced a supplemental budget to take advantage of some year-end surplus money and an improving economy.  We want to make meaningful progress on several key...

    Pierce County Executive Blog
  18. Supporting our military in Pierce County

    It should be no surprise to any of you that Pierce County has a lot of military and veterans living and working in our community. In fact, it is one of the top areas of retirement for people getting out of the military. Can you blame them? We have...

    ConnieLadenburg
  19. Seventeen Thousand and Two Ounces of Peanut Butter

    Last week the Human Services Department completed a peanut butter drive for the Emergency Food Network. The drive started in a simple way: an idea. Ginny Dale, Director of Pierce County Human Resources, mentioned that her department was doing a drive...

    HumanServices
  20. Early Childhood Education: A Tool to Break the Cycle of Poverty and Homelessness

    A couple of weeks ago I saw a mother duck with her ducklings following in tow. As I watched them, it reminded me of how small children follow their teachers in classrooms and brought back fond memories of my kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Kertin. In my...

    HumanServices