The Pierce County Council sets policy and approves the annual budget for the second-largest county in Washington (population 872,220). The county's Home-Rule Charter, approved by voters in November 1980, separated executive and legislative duties by establishing a County Executive and a seven-member County Council.
The Pierce County Council is comprised of seven elected representatives from the County's seven districts. The Council acts as the legislative branch of government for Pierce County, the second-largest in Washington with a population of 872,220 residents.
The first Councilmembers to serve under the Home-Rule Charter commenced their terms on May 1, 1981. County Commissioners (Jake Bujacich, District 7; Joe Stortini, District 4; and Joe A. Vraves, District 2) who were in office at the time became Councilmembers. The first four elected Councilmembers were: Phyllis K. Erickson, District 1; A.L. 'Slim' Rasmussen, District 5; R. 'Clint' Richardson, District 3; and Shirley Winsley, District 6.
Chapter 42.56 RCW, the Public Records Act, requires each agency to make available for inspection and copying nonexempt 'public records' in accordance with published rules. Pierce County adopted Chapter 2.04 PCC, Public Records Inspection and Copying Procedures, for implementing the public records act.