Executive Bruce Dammeier
Pierce County approved to move to Phase 2 of Safe Start order
Pierce County learned today the county’s application to move to Phase 2 was approved by the state Department of Health. The move to the second phase is effective immediately.
“I’m pleased that our residents’ hard work to social distance and abide by best practices has been recognized,” said Executive Bruce Dammeier. “While we are eager to see some of the restrictions lifted, I urge our community to continue with the practices that protect themselves, their families and our community.”
Activities allowed under Phase 2, with certain restrictions, include restaurants at 50% capacity, in-store retail at 30% capacity and the re-opening of salons, barbers and other personal grooming services.
The County is expected to remain in Phase 2 for at least three weeks and can apply to move to the next phase when prescribed COVID-19 targets have been achieved.
“We’ve spent this week handing out a million masks to our local businesses, nonprofits and houses of worship for just this day,” said Council Chair Doug Richardson. “It’s great to know that they will have the PPE they need in time to safely re-open.”
More information about what is allowed under Phase 2 may be found at governor.wa.gov.
- View the Phase 2 Approval Letter
- Back to Work Resource Guide
- Tips for Returning to Work Safely (Health Department)
- Adaptation Grant - Reimbursement of Expenses Related to COVID-19 Safety Practices
The federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed by Congress allocated federal funds to jurisdictions across the country with populations over 500,000. The amount provided to each entity was based on population size. Pierce County received an allocation of approximately $158 million.
Through the week ending June 26th, a total of $79,170,236 has been allocated.
$40,200,000 to Public Health Emergency Response
$18,000,000 to Economic Stabilization and Recovery Programs
$13,650,000 to Community Response and Resilience
$7,320,236 to Essential Government Services
For the week ending June 26th, a total of $18,170,715 in new allocations were made.
$16,604,315 to Public Health Emergency Response
$249,060 to Economic Stabilization and Recovery Programs
$0 to Community Response and Resilience
$1,566,400 to Essential Government Services
Year in Review
Elected as the Executive of Pierce County in November of 2016.
- State Senate: January 2013 – December 2016
- House of Representatives: January 2009 - January 2013
- Member of the Puyallup School Board - 2001 - 2009
EDUCATION: University of Washington – M.S., engineering; U.S. Naval Academy – B.S. in Ocean Engineering.
OCCUPATION: Small business owner and director of printing business in Pierce County.
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Member, Young Life; member, Mel Korum YMCA Advisory Council; member, Tacoma #8 Rotary Club; member, Tacoma Goodwill Board of Directors; member, Lighthouse Christian Church; member, Good Samaritan Hospital Board of Directors; member, University of Washington – Tacoma Advisory Board.
- Jobs for Washington Graduates Award (2012)
- Friend of Children Award, Washington State PTA (2011)
- Legislative Hero, Washington State HVAC/R Association, Inc. (2011)
- “In the Bag” Award – Washington Food Industry Association (2010-11)
- Cornerstone Award, Association of Washington Business (2009-11)
- Guardian of Small Business Award, National Federation of Independent Business (2009-12)
- Pioneer Educator Award, Washington Families for Online Learning (2010)
- Outstanding Advocate Award, Puyallup PTA Council (2009)
- Local Hero Award, Bank of America Neighborhood Excellence Initiative (2007)
PERSONAL: A Pierce County native, Executive Dammeier attended Curtis High School before going on to graduate with distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy and serve eight years as a Civil Engineer Corps Officer. While on active duty, he was deployed on humanitarian relief missions in the United States and across the world. At the conclusion of his military service, he returned to Washington State and became a dedicated community volunteer. Bruce and Lauren, his wife of more than 35 years, live in Puyallup. They have three grown sons.