Boards and Commissions

The health and safety of City employees and the Ridgefield community are a top priority. Therefore, the City is working diligently to address the risk posed by COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) and is following the guidance of federal, state and local authorities to prevent the spread of this virus.

For this reason, the City is implementing the following changes to City meeting schedules:

  • All non-essential meetings, including regular Parks Board and Planning Commission meetings, will be suspended.
  • Essential City Council meetings will continue to occur but will be conducted via teleconference. City Council members will not be attending the meetings in person.

In the interest of the safety and welfare of the public, the community, and our employees and to limit the spread of the virus, the Ridgefield City Council strongly urges that public does not attend City Council meetings. Written comments may be submitted to the City Clerk, Julie Ferriss, via email at julie.ferriss@ci.ridgefield.wa.us or be placed in the drop box in front of City Hall no later than 5:00PM on the day of the scheduled City Council meeting. Comments will be compiled and provided to the City Councilmembers and necessary City staff.

When possible, the City will attempt to postpone agenda items that may create more public interest and comment to a meeting when there will be a better forum for discussion.

As usual, a recording of all Council meetings will be made available on the City website the day after the meeting at https://ridgefieldwa.us/government/city-council-meeting-audio-files/

For updates on the City’s developing response to COVID-19, please visit https://ridgefieldwa.us/coronavirus/

City Council

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. Read more about the Ridgefield City Council.

Time and Date
City Council meets the second and fourth Thursday of the month January to October (Nov/Dec first and third Thursday) at 6:30 pm in the Columbia Assembly Room at the Ridgefield Administrative and Civic Center (510 Pioneer St).

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. You may also listen to City Council Meeting Audio.

Current City Council members:

Position #1: Councilor Ron Onslow – Term Expires 2021
Position #2: Councilor Dana Ziemer – Term Expires 2023
Position #3: Councilor Lee Wells – Term Expires 2023
Position #4: Mayor Don Stose – Term Expires 2021
Position #5: Councilor Rob Aichele – Term Expires 2023
Position #6: Councilor Jennifer Lindsay – Term Expires 2021
Position #7: Councilor Sandra Day – Term Expires 2023


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.

Time and Date
Planning Commission meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month in the Columbia Assembly Room at the Ridgefield Administrative and Civic Center (510 Pioneer St).

If you have questions about the Planning Commission please contact the Community Development Department, 360-887-3908.

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. You may also listen to Planning Commission Meeting Audio.

Current Planning Commissioners:

Position #1:  Paul Young – Term Expires December 31, 2022
Position #2:  Jerry Bush – Term Expires December 31, 2021
Position #3:  Judy Chipman- Term Expires December 31, 2021
Position #4:  Stan Okinaka – Term Expires December 31, 2024
Position #5:  Jason Carnell – Term Expires December 31, 2020
Position #6:  Gary Rightenour – Term Expires December 31, 2022
Position #7:   Patrick Flynn, Chair – Term Expires December 31, 2020

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.

Time and Date
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.

If you have questions about the Civil Service Commission please contact the Police Department, 360-887-3556.

Current Civil Service Commission members:

Position #1:  David Standal – Term Expires December 31, 2020
Position #2:  Mike Jones – Term Expires December 31, 2020
Position #3:  Matthew Lundquist – Term Expires December 31, 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.

Time and Date
Parks Board meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month in the Columbia Assembly Room at the Ridgefield Aministrative and Civic Center (510 Pioneer St). The public is welcome and encouraged to attend and participate in the Parks Advisory Board meetings.

If you have questions about the Parks Board please contact the Public Works Department, 360-887-8251.

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. You may also listen to Parks Board Meeting Audio.

Current Parks Board members:

Position #1:  Marie Bouvier – Term Expires December 31, 2021
Position #2:  Rian Davis – Term Expires December 31, 2020
Position #3:  Beth Putnam – Term Expires December 31, 2020
Position #4:  Kimberly Stenbak, Chair – Term Expires December 31, 2020
Position #5:  John Rose – Term Expires December 31, 2021
Position #6:  Christopher Gudger-Raines – Term Expires December 31, 2022
Position #7:  Rachel Coker – Term Expires December 31, 2020

Parks Board Supporting Documents may be viewed on the Parks Department page. 

Parks Board Application


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. Details about the Commission are in the Ridgefield Municipal Code, Chapter 2.62.

Time and Date
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.

The following individuals currently serve on the Salary Commission:

Position #1: Shaun Ford – Term Expires December 31, 2022
Position #2: Darcy Rourk – Term Expires December 31, 2022
Position #3: Gary Adkins – Term Expires December 31, 2021
Position #4: Clyde Burkle – Term Expires December 31, 2021
Position #5: Victoria Haugen – Term Expires December 31, 2022


Cemetery Board

The Ridgefield Cemetery Board is a three member board that provides advisory assistance and recommendations to the public works director on cemetery operations and maintenance within the city limits of Ridgefield. Cemetery board members serve three-year terms. Eligible applicants must reside within the city limits. 

Time and Date
The Cemetery Board meets three times per calendar year. 

The following individuals currently serve on the Cemetery Board:

Position #1: Sue Farkash – Term Expires December 31, 2022
Position #2: Cynthia Mumford – Term Expires December 31, 2021
Position #3: Claudia Shobert – Term Expires December 31, 2020


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

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