The citizens of Ridgefield adopted the council-manager plan of government in 1999. Under this form of government, the elected officials are the community leaders and policy makers who establish a vision for the city and then appoint a city manager to carry out public policy and ensure that all residents are being well served. The council-manager form of local government combines the strong political leadership of elected officials with the strong professional experience of an appointed local government manager.
The City Manager is chief executive officer and the agent of the City Council in carrying out its decisions and policies. He is appointed by, and responsible to, the Council for proper administration of City affairs for an indefinite term. The Manager serves at the discretion of the Council. He is responsible for the proper administration of all matters related to the City including preparation of an annual budget, hiring and firing of City employees, supervision or City government, implementation of Council policies and advising the Council on administrative questions.
The City Manager coordinates the work of department heads and other employees, who help ensure the smooth and efficient delivery of services. By building public/private partnerships, the city manager targets all of the community resources to solve current issues.
The current City Manager is Steve Stuart.
Steve Stuart’s career has focused for the past 18 years on public service for Washington communities.
Steve joined the City of Ridgefield in April 2014, after almost ten years serving as a Clark County Commissioner. For almost two decades, his career has focused on public service – especially work helping communities with land use law and policy – around the Pacific Northwest.
Prior to joining the City of Ridgefield, Steve worked extensively at the State, regional, and local levels, in roles including:
- Clark County Commissioner
- Washington Public Works Board
- Washington Association of Counties Legislative Committee Co-Chair
- SW WA Regional Transportation Council, Chair and Member
- Clark County Agricultural Preservation Advisory Committee Chair
- Urban Policy Board Chair
- C-TRAN Board of Directors
- Bi-State Coordinating Committee Co-Chair
- Joint Planning Advisory Committee on Transportation
- Friends of Clark County, Executive Director
- 1000 Friends of Washington, State Policy Director
Recognition of Steve’s work for healthy communities include the 2002 statewide award for leadership in promoting growth management for a better Washington and the 2014 Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce Statesman of the Year Award.
Steve grew up in the Ridgefield area, attending Prairie High School – where he is a member of both the alumni and athletic Hall of Fames. He graduated from Linfield College with Bachelor’s Degrees in Business and Sociology, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Oregon. He is an active member of the Washington State Bar Association.
230 Pioneer St
Ridgefield, WA 98642
Phone: (360) 887-3557
Fax: (360) 887-0861