Latest Blog Posts

  1. Your turn!

    In the picture below you can see some of the members of our Executive team in a discussion about our plans for 2018. We have some important initiatives and new projects we want to launch, as well as building on some of the successes we saw in 2017....

    Pierce County Executive Blog
  2. A Bipartisan Resolution for Rural Water Rights & the State Capital Budget

    Tonight the Legislature found a resolution to a problem I’ve been working on behalf of Washington Counties — the so-called Hirst decision. In doing so they also assured passage of the Capital Budget, including hundreds of critical projects around the...

    DerekYoung
  3. Lost

    This week, Pierce County lost an amazing father, husband, friend and protector, Deputy Daniel A. McCartney. To his family, friends, and co-workers, I am deeply saddened by your loss. You are in my prayers. This loss reaches out and impacts everyone...

    Pierce County Executive Blog
  4. Remembering Our Fallen

    A number of years ago my husband John, and I attended the Law Enforcement Memorial’s annual fundraiser. For a period of time John and I would put on our finest, drive up to one of the big hotels next to Sea-Tac, enter a large ballroom room, visit...

    ConnieLadenburg
  5. 2018 Committee and External Board Appointments

    At this afternoon’s Council meeting we passed two resolutions making appointments to our standing committees as well as external boards and commissions. I’ll be a busy boy serving on all three standing committees and some of the most...

    DerekYoung
  6. Tacoma Narrows Bridge Toll Work Group Recommendations

    Over the last year I’ve joined a group of local leaders to find a way to keep Tacoma Narrows Bridge tolls from continuing to increase. We’ve finalized the details on our recommendations to the Legislature and Transportation so I thought...

    DerekYoung
  7. Christmas could have ended far differently

    I have had way too many close calls with drunk drivers and have experienced the havoc they inflict on our community.  I have been hit twice previously by drunk/drugged drivers.  Both occurred in the morning, neither had a valid license, and both were...

    Pierce County Executive Blog
  8. Free workshop series offers help and support for beginning stages of Alzheimer’s

    Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources is hosting the free, popular “Oh My Gosh – Now What?” six-part series, lunchtime event starting Friday, Jan. 12. The new series of discussions for families and individuals focuses on the initial journey of...

    DerekYoung
  9. Bring on 2018!

    Like at my home, in households across the county the holidays are coming to a close. Decorations are coming down, trees are being recycled, candles have been extinguished and strings of lights are being packed away. Endings and beginnings give us an...

    Pierce County Executive Blog
  10. Performing under pressure

    Little did we realize our region would change so dramatically last Monday morning.  As most of the whole world knows by now, Amtrak train #501 derailed dramatically at about 7:30 a.m. – killing three, injuring dozens, and cutting off one of the most...

    Pierce County Executive Blog
  11. Year-End Reflection

    As the leader of Pierce County Human Services, I am inspired and awestruck by the great work our County, providers, and staff carry out each day to help the most vulnerable among us. Pierce County Human Services is defined by its good people. And our...

    HumanServices
  12. Sledding into the Holidays

    Last week we concluded the last of the Council business for the year, but not without a late flurry of unexpected activity. Supplemental Budget At our normal Tuesday afternoon Council meeting, we passed the final supplemental budget for 2017. Most of...

    DerekYoung
  13. Coming Soon: The Pierce County Pizza Tracker

    In 2008, Domino’s Pizza unveiled a new feature that enabled customers to order pizza and track the status of their order online. It was revolutionary for its time. Eventually, Pizza Hut and Papa John’s got in on the game and began offering their...

    Pierce County Executive Blog
  14. A Growing Community

    District 4 is bustling with fantastic revitalization projects that help to make the community an outstanding place to live and work. Learn more about the projects that make the cities you love so great from Pierce County Councilmember Connie...

    ConnieLadenburg
  15. Council Schedule Highlights Week of December 11th, 2017

    Tuesday, DECEMBER 11th, 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 Click! Network)...

    DerekYoung
  16. Building Strong Cities, Protecting Rural Lands

      Weighty public safety and health issues have dominated much of our discussions in recent months, so it was nice to get back to my roots with a week that seemed to have a land use theme. Red Tape Reduction Proposal This week was the first...

    DerekYoung
  17. Planning for the future of our Port

    I have a unique district in Pierce County, as everything in my district is incorporated. In other words, I have cities or parts of cities – Tacoma, Fircrest, and University Place. I also have the west side of the Port of Tacoma, which is a crucial...

    ConnieLadenburg
  18. Making progress in behavioral health

    As winter sets in and the generous spirit of Christmas seems to transform us, perhaps you are like me and want to do something more than just buy a cup of hot cocoa for that mentally ill woman who hovers near your favorite coffee shop, or sleeps in...

    Pierce County Executive Blog
  19. Zoolights

      A dazzling display of Christmas lights that illuminates the Zoo and highlights South Sound landmarks is a go to holiday tradition with my nieces. Whether it is ogling the Narrows Bridge display or wondering how many lights they really use, it...

    DerekYoung
  20. Council Schedule Highlights Week of December 4th, 2017

    Monday, DECEMBER 4th, 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