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

Department Mission

To 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). Records request information can be found here.

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.

Community Outreach and Events

Coordinating and/or assisting with the planning and hosting of many City sponsored or partially sponsored events including First Saturdays, Farm-to-Table, Tuesdays in the Park, and others. The Community Events calendar 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.

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 & 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.

Information Technology and Social Media

Maintaining up-to-date efficient computer hardware and software systems internally as well as maintaining effective communication to the public through the City’s website, social media including a FacebookTwitter, and Instagram page, Nextdoor, a City app “AccessRidgefield” and other electronic means.

City of Ridgefield Social Media Policy

Contact Information

Administration Department
230 Pioneer St.
PO Box 608
Ridgefield, WA 98642
Phone: (360) 887-3557
Fax: (360) 887-0861

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