Boards and Commissions

To view the calendar of all City Council, Boards and Commission meetings, click here.

City Council

The City Council consists of seven members who are elected by the citizens of Ridgefield on a non-partisan basis for four-year terms. Elections are arranged so that three or four terms expire every two years. Council members have the responsibility of establishing policy to govern the City, adopting a budget for city revenues and expenditures, and performing all other actions necessary to govern the City, including the passage of ordinances and resolutions.

The Council is led by the Mayor, who is appointed biennially by the members of the Council. The Mayor serves as the chief spokesperson and head of the City government for public and ceremonial purposes. He presides at all Council meetings, votes as a Council member and does not have any veto power. He/she may sign legal instruments and documents on behalf of the City. He has no full-time administrative duties.

In April 2014, Council established an independent Salary Commission composed of five members to set the salary of the mayor and council members. Details about the Commission are in the Ridgefield Municipal Code, Chapter 2.62.

Access Meeting Minutes and Agenda here.  If you would like to access past years minutes and agenda’s and cannot access them online please fill out a Public Records Request Form.

Access Information about the current council members here.


Planning Commission

The Planning Commission is comprised of seven volunteer citizens who advise the City Council on planning, development, and growth issues for the community. The Commission reviews and makes recommendations to the City Council on updates to the City’s Comprehensive Plan and Capital Facilities Plans, Development Code regulations, shoreline management regulations, environmental protection regulations, general developmental policy, and other matters as directed by the City Council. The Commission does not conduct quasi-judicial hearings on land use applications; the City uses a Hearing Examiner to review such proposals.

Current Planning Commissioners

Position #1:  Paul Young – Term Expires December 31, 2018
Position #2:  Jerry Bush – Term Expires December 31, 2021
Position #3:  VACANT – Term Expires December 31, 2021
Position #4:  Patrick Flynn – Term Expires December 31, 2020
Position #5:  Jason Carnell – Term Expires December 31, 2020
Position #6:  Victoria Haugen – Term Expires December 31, 2018
Position #7:   Stan Okinaka – Term Expires December 31, 2019

Time and Date:
Planning Commission meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at the Ridgefield Community Center located at 210 N Main Avenue.

Meeting Information
If you have questions about the Planning Commission please contact Staff support.

Access Meeting Minutes and Agenda here.  If you would like to access past years minutes and agendas and cannot access them online please fill out a Public Records Request Form.

Supporting Documents
Planning Commission Application
2016 Comprehensive Plan


Civil Service Commission

The Civil Service Commission is comprised of three volunteer citizens who preside over the manner in which police officer candidate examinations are held as well as how appointments and promotions are made. The Commission is also responsible for hearing complaints, conducting investigations and hearings, and determining appeals regarding police officers and other matters connected with personnel administration of the Police Department. Commissioners must be citizens of the United States, must have been residents of the City of Ridgefield for at least three years, and must be eligible to vote in Clark County.

Civil Service Commission meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month. Meetings are held at Ridgefield City Hall located at 230 Pioneer Street and are open to the public.

The following citizens currently serve on the Civil Service Commission:
Position #1:  David Standal             (Term Expires May 11, 2019)
Position #2:  James Morris             (Term Expires May 11, 2019)
Position #3:  Paula Oatley               (Term Expires May 11, 2023)


Parks Board

The Parks Board is comprised of seven volunteer citizens who advise the City Council on parks planning, parks acquisition, operations, and maintenance within the current and future city limits of Ridgefield. Eligible members include residents, property owners and business owners within the urban growth area of the City, as well as citizens residing within the boundaries of the Ridgefield School District.

Parks Board meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at the Ridgefield Community Center located at 210 N Main Avenue. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend and participate in the Parks Advisory Board meetings.

Access Meeting Minutes and Agenda here.  If you would like to access past years minutes and agendas and cannot access them online please fill out a Public Records Request Form.

The following citizens currently serve on the Parks Board:
Position #1:  Marie Bouvier (Term Expires December 31, 2018)
Position #2:  Rian Davis (Term Expires December 31, 2020)
Position #3:  Beth Putnam (Term Expires December 31, 2020)
Position #4:  Kimberly Stenbak (Term Expires December 31, 2018)
Position #5:  Rachelle Simmons (Term Expires December 31, 2018)
Position #6:  Darrin Class (Term Expires December 31, 2019)
Position #7:  Beth Wills (Term Expires December 31, 2020)

Supporting Documents
2017 Work Plan Ridgefield Parks Board
Ridgefield Parks
Innovative Attractions – Road Trip
Innovative Parks – Natural Play
Innovative Parks – Splash Parks
Innovative Parks – Parks Maintenance
Innovative Parks – Playground Equipment
Innovative Parks – Fitness Parks
Innovative Parks – Mountain Bike Trails
Innovative Parks – Dog Park Features


Salary Commission

The Ridgefield Salary Commission was created on April 24, 2014, as a five-member independent body with the authority to set the salary of the members of the Council. An independent salary commission studies the relationship of the Ridgefield City Council members’ duties and salaries to Council members in comparable City jurisdictions and fixes salaries based on that comparison as well as the City’s budget and other market conditions.

The following individuals currently serve on the Salary Commission:
David Kelly, Chair – Position 1 – term expires 12/31/2018
Terry Hurd – Position 2 – term expires 12/31/2018
Gary Adkins – Position 3 – term expires 12/31/2021
Clyde Burkle – Position 4 – term expires 12/31/2021
Victoria Haugen – Position 5 – term expires 12/31/2018

The Commission meets as often as necessary each year, with a first meeting no later than March 31 and actively solicits public comment for consideration when making a salary determination. The Commission files a salary schedule with the city clerk on or before May 31 which is published in the same manner as a city ordinance. The salary schedule is then incorporated into the city budget without further action of the city council.

Citizens are encouraged to attend and participate in the City Council, Board and Commission meetings. Public participation is vital and plays an important role in shaping decisions and the future of the Ridgefield community. Every meeting includes an opportunity for citizens to speak on City issues.