Latest Blog Posts

  1. Oh, baby!

    Did you know that in 2016, Pierce County had the highest number of children entering foster care in Washington State? Of the 1,700 children currently in foster care in the county, nearly half of them are under the age of 5. While we have many...

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  2. Now, that’s ironic!

    As you might suspect, I am frequently asked to give greetings/welcome/opening comments to groups that meet throughout our County. They can range from the Pierce County Prayer Breakfast, to the South Sound Military Community Partnership Elected...

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  3. The voice of the customer

    Hearing our customers – that is, the residents of Pierce County – gives us the opportunity every day to adapt and improve our work. Their feedback helps us see were we can improve, what investments we need to make, and how we can work together more...

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  4. This page quiet until November

    County ethics rules prohibit the use of County communication resources on behalf of a candidate for office after April 30th. As a result, this blog will be going quiet until November. I will continue providing regular updates on my own blog, campaign...

    DerekYoung
  5. Council Schedule Highlights Week of April 30th, 2018

    Programming note… County ethics rules prohibit the use of County communication resources on behalf of a candidate for office after April 30th. As a result, this blog will be going quiet until November. I will continue providing regular updates...

    DerekYoung
  6. At a crossroads

    Pierce County has come to a crossroads, with two potential routes ahead of us. One path leads us to being a bedroom community for King County. In fact, that is already a reality for about 33% of our citizens who live in Pierce County but work up...

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  7. Council Schedule Highlights Week of April 23rd, 2018

    Monday, APRIL 23rd, 2018 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) and...

    DerekYoung
  8. Hello, goodbye

    It’s never easy saying good-bye to someone you care about, even in the workplace.  It’s even harder when it’s someone you spend much of your day with and who is key to your own success. After 30 years serving the residents of Pierce County – and...

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  9. District Office Hours in Key Center

    After months of budget and legal wrangling, I’m finally ready to start having district office hours in the Key Peninsula Community Council office. It’s in the Key Center Corral, 9013 Key Peninsula Hwy N Ste D Lakebay WA 98349. I had just...

    DerekYoung
  10. Council Schedule Highlights Week of April 16th, 2018

    Monday, APRIL 16th, 2018 1:30pm Community Development Committee Rick Talbert, Chair Dan Roach, Vice Chair Douglas G. Richardson Derek Young Jim McCune Regularly scheduled meetings are broadcast live and replayed on channel 22 (Comcast and Click!...

    DerekYoung
  11. Changing perspectives

    I strongly believe that you can learn a lot – and some of the most important things – by asking questions and listening to others’ perspectives.  This principle is even more critical as the County Executive.  Whether it is touring local...

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  12. Pierce County Council passes 2018 supplemental budget with emphasis on public safety

    Yesterday the Pierce County Council voted unanimously to adopt Ordinance 2018-11s, the 2018 supplemental budget as amended. The additional $3.7 million appropriation focuses on supporting public safety, parks and community infrastructure...

    DerekYoung
  13. Council Schedule Highlights Week of April 9th, 2018

    Monday, APRIL 9th, 2018 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) and on...

    DerekYoung
  14. This week’s blog brought to you by the letter “P”

      Pinwheels always make me smile.  The bright blue pinwheels spinning in the breeze look festive on the lawn outside of Juvenile Court this time of year. But, the reason for their annual appearance is far from happy. Juvenile Court is...

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  15. A Ray of Sunshine

    About this time every year, the Council is honored to be visited by the Daffodil Princesses and I am always impressed. For those of us that grew up in this area, springtime is a time for daffodils and the Daffodil Parade. We have seen the Daffodil...

    ConnieLadenburg
  16. Modest change to construction impact fees for schools

    It wasn’t nearly what we had hoped for, but the Council passed a small change that will increase the Maximum Fee Obligation for construction impact fees for schools. Rather than using the Consumer Price Index to adjust the maximum fee school...

    DerekYoung
  17. Council Schedule Highlights Week of April 2nd, 2018

    Monday, APRIL 2nd, 2018 10:00am Rules Committee Douglas G. Richardson, Chair Connie Ladenburg, Vice Chair Dan Roach, Executive Pro Tempore Regularly scheduled meetings are broadcast live and replayed on channel 22 (Comcast and Click! Network) and on...

    DerekYoung
  18. Standing in the gap

    Thankfully, I’ve never been in a real active shooter situation.  But yesterday, we had an intense training exercise in a courtroom on the 5th floor of the CCB to help prepare our court personnel, our Court Security Office, and our SWAT team if the...

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  19. Council Schedule Highlights Week of March 26th, 2018

    This week I’ll be speaking at a couple events: Tacoma Chamber West Side Wake Up Friday, March 30th, 7:30am Salvation Army 1110 S Puget Sound KP Lion’s Club Citizen of the Year Awards Saturday, March 31st, 6:00pm Key Peninsula Civic...

    DerekYoung
  20. Biochar and cavy!

    Last weekend I had the honor of co-hosting the Volunteer Recognition Brunch with Council Chair Doug Richardson. It’s amazing and inspiring to meet the hundreds of people who volunteer on behalf of programs they are passionate about. I told those in...

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