The Administration Division is managed by Lee Knottnerus, the Deputy City Manager.

Department Mission

Act as servant leaders for both internal and external customers with a focus on creative problem-solving, open communication, and collaboration while providing excellent customer service with a positive, get-it-done attitude.

Department Responsibilities

The Division is responsible for providing administrative and informational services to the City Council, City Manager, City Departments, and to the public including the following programs:

Access to Public Records

The City of Ridgefield makes city-held public records available upon request in compliance with the Public Records Act (RCW 42.56). Request records information.

City Partners Program

Coordinates assistance to those community groups which provide services and benefits to the citizens of the City of Ridgefield and support the goals of the City Council.

Clerk to the City Council

Presenting the agenda, agenda packets and minutes for the legislative and committee meetings; and assisting with assuring the transparency of the municipality's conduct of business.

Communication and Outreach

Provides authentic and proactive communications to help all residents feel well-informed and engaged with the work of their local government. Maintaining effective communication to the public through the City's website, email notifications, community engagement on Ridgefield Roundtable, social media including a Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram page, Nextdoor, a City app "AccessRidgefield" and other electronic means.

City of Ridgefield Social Media Policy (PDF)

Community Events

Coordinating and/or assisting with the planning and hosting of many City sponsored or partially sponsored events including First Saturdays, Farm to Table, Musicians in the Park, and others. The Community Events webpage includes information about City events and other local events.

Human Resources and Labor Relations

The service areas within Human Resources include employment (recruitment, selection, and retention), policy development and administration, training and development, employee benefit programs, safety and wellness, job classification and compensation, labor union and employee relations, compliance with labor and civil rights laws, payroll and employee records management.

Information Technology

Maintains up-to-date, efficient, and secure computer hardware and software systems. 

Risk Management

Assessing and developing risk management strategies to mitigate potential risks that can adversely impact the City and its employees.

Rental of City Property for Special Events

The City makes its streets and public rights-of-way available to civic, private and community groups for "special events." To promote success, ensure the safety of event participants and spectators, and minimize public inconvenience caused by the event, a permit is required.

Nondiscrimination and Accessibility

Initiating and monitoring Title VI/non-discrimination activities, preparing reports and other responsibilities as required by 23 Code of Federal Regulation(CFR) 200 and 49 Code of Federal Regulation 21. The Deputy City Manager/Human Resources Manager was designated as the ADA Coordinator. This position is responsible for ensuring that all programs, services and activities of the City of Ridgefield are accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities.