Dave Morell, District 1
Councilmember, District 1
Dave is a long-time resident of East Pierce County, having grown up on Lake Tapps, and attended Sumner schools before moving to South Hill where he has lived for 37 years.
As a State Representative for the 25th Legislative District - transportation and criminal justice committees, he has also served as a Fire Commissioner - Central Pierce Fire & Rescue, a County Charter review board member, various Pierce County Government Boards and Commissions and on the Government Affairs Committee for the Puyallup-Sumner Chamber of Commerce.
He is the father of four grown children and four grandchildren. Dave enjoys being outdoors and is a National and World-ranked Ironman Triathlete.
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Adventure AwaitsTake a gondola ride with Vice Chair Dave Morell as he talks with Crystal Mountain Resort President and COO Frank DeBerry about all the activities offered during the summer at Crystal Mountain.
Flume Trail FutureJoin Councilmember Dave Morell and stakeholders as they walk the Flume Trail to discuss what would need to happen to make this project a reality.
Summer fun and safety on Lake TappsGrab your life vests and hang on! Dave Morell explores Lake Tapps with the Pierce County Sheriffs Marine Services Unit to learn more about how they work hard to keep you safe during your summer fun on the water.
Pierce County Talks - Meet the Newest CouncilmembersGrab a cup of coffee and join us as we meet the newest Pierce County Councilmembers. We cover their hobbies, their top priorities and some funny stories as they navigate the first few months on the job.
Pierce County is using CARES Act funds to buy (personal protective equipment) PPE in bulk and get it in the hands of those who need it most. To help keep our community safe as we enter Phase 2, Pierce County distributed free PPE to first responders and local businesses. The free PPE distribution ensures those on the front line, as well as local businesses, stay safe while keeping our community healthy and in action.
Transforming Behavioral Health in Pierce County
At its last Council meeting of 2020, the Pierce County Council made a commitment to increase behavioral health services in the county by approving a 1/10th of 1 percent sales tax increase, and set in motion creation of a pilot program aimed at reinvesting more Medicaid dollars into Pierce County.
I sponsored ordinance 2020-138s, which proposed these actions, including the creation of the first-ever Affordable Care Organization in the state. This pilot program allows for local engagement, ownership and governance, along with empowering Pierce County to build a better healthcare system.
Through adoption of my ordinance, we took action to protect Pierce County taxpayers by requiring the development of a strategic plan for behavioral health response, including the requirement for a performance audit review, a date for when the 1/10th of 1 percent sales tax collection will end and a data platform to show where the money is being spent efficiently and effectively with measurable results.
Earlier in 2020, I sponsored resolution R2020-20, which requested the Regional System of Care Committee deliver a Strategic Plan for Behavioral Health System Improvements to Council to inform future behavioral health tax expenditures and specified Council’s intent to act on an ordinance imposing a Behavioral Health Tax no later than Dec. 31, 2020. It was through this direction that the Regional System of Care Committee came up with the Affordable Care Organization pilot program proposal.
In March 2020 Council discussed Ordinance 2020-24s at the Human Services Committee meeting. Click here to read my thoughts pertaining to this ordinance.
|External Board or Commission||Position|
|Council Continuity of Operations Plan (CCOP)||Liaison|
|Economic Development Board||Non-voting alternate|
|Executive Board of Economic Development Corporation of Pierce County (EDCPC)||Alternate|
|Joint Determining Board||Member|
|Pierce County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors||Member|
|Pierce County Law and Justice Council||Alternate|
|Pierce County Regional Council||Member|
|Pierce County Reserve Officers Board of Trustees||Member|
|Puget Sound Regional Council Economic Development District Board of Directors||Member|
|Puget Sound Regional Council Executive Board||Alternate|
|Puget Sound Regional Council Operations Committee||Alternate|
|Puget Sound Regional Council Transportation Policy Board||Alternate|
|South Sound Military and Communities Partnership Elected Officials Council||Alternate|
|South Sound 911 Governing Board||Alternate|
|Tacoma-Pierce County Health Board||Member|
|Thun Field Advisory Commission||Ex Officio|
|Tourism Promotion Area Hotel Commission||Alternate|
|Transportation Benefit District||Member|
|Zoo and Trek Authority (ZTA)||Member|