BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Grays Harbor County Administration Building
| WES CORMIER
District No. 1
| RANDY ROSS
District No. 2
| VICKIE RAINES
District No. 3
The Board of Commissioners is the County's legislative authority and is made up of three Commissioners elected to four-year terms. The county is divided into three districts, based on population, and at the time of election each Commissioner must live in and represent his/her district. The Commissioners are partisan and are nominated in a primary election embracing only their particular district. All voters in the county are given an opportunity in the general election to select the Commissioner who will ultimately serve.
Commissioner District Map
Scheduled upcoming meetings with pre-meeting documents and approved videos of past meetings.
Meeting Agenda and weekly calendar
Text versions of past approved minutes.
Regular Board Meeting Day: Every Monday at 2:00 P.M., Commissioners Meeting Room, 100 West Broadway, Suite #1, Montesano, WA 98563. (The exception is when a holiday falls on a Monday, the Board does not meet that week.) starting September 1, 2018 the Commission meetings will be held on the 1st and 3rd TUESDAY of the month instead of Monday, the meeting times will remain the same.
See the currently adopted Commissioner Calendar for closures and meeting cancellations.
Staff Meetings: Each Monday beginning at 9:00 A.M. the Commissioners hold staff meetings in the Commissioners Conference Room #1. Starting September 1, 2018 the Commission meetings will be held on the 1st and 3rd TUESDAY of the month instead of Monday, the meeting times will remain the same.
NEW Meeting Schedule: On the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of every month the Commissioners will hold a workshop to discuss county business and planning. No decisions will be made in the meetings and there will not be a set agenda of topics. These meetings are open to the public. Resolution .
Special Meetings: Special meetings are occasionally scheduled with the date, time, and purpose of the meeting provided to news media. There will be 24 hour notice given of these meetings. If you would like to be added to the email distribution list for these meetings please email the Clerk of the Board, Jenna Amsbury. When able, the Special Meetings will be listed on the weekly calendar for the Board that is published on the Monday Meeting Agendas. Official publications and hearing notices are published in the county’s official newspaper, The Montesano Vidette. For Special Meeting notices and other meeting dates, please see the county calendar located on homepage.
ORDINANCES & RESOLUTIONS
Ordinances can be found in the County Code section of the website. For copies of Resolutions, you must contact the Commissioners Office.
Ordinance No. 422 - Approval for ATV use on specific county roads. MAP (pdf 5mb)
Ordinance No. 431 - Additional approval of roads for ATV use.
Ordinance No. 441 - Additional approval of roads for ATV use.
As administrators, Grays Harbor County Commissioners are responsible for providing direction to their department heads for:
- County Fair, Events and Tourism Department
- County Forestry Department
- County Facilities Department
- Planning, Building and zoning of unincorporated areas
- Public Health and Social Services
- Public Works Department (Roads, Engineering, Utilities)
- Other programs and services which are not clearly the responsibility of another elected county official.
One of the County Commissioners' primary duties is to levy taxes to operate the county and to adopt a balanced budget for each calendar year. The Commissioners fix the budget amount for each department of the county, but variances and increases can be permitted during the year if a need can be shown. Other elected officials in the county are responsible for their own adopted budget and the County Commissioners are responsible for the operation of budgets under the control of appointed department heads.
GHC 2019 Preliminary Budget (1.4 MB pdf)
GHC 2018 Budget (8.9 MB pdf)
GHC 2017 Budget (4.5 MB pdf)
GHC 2016 Budget (6.4 MB pdf)
GHC 2015 Budget (6.7 MB pdf)
GHC 2014 Budget (9.0 MB pdf)
GHC 2013 Budget (4.5 MB pdf)
GHC 2012 Budget (1.5 MB pdf)
GHC 2011 Budget (2.7 MB pdf)
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In their judicial capacity, the Commissioners are often called upon as the first level of appeal to sit in judgment of decisions made by other county officials. Rezoning recommendations from the Planning Commission, for instance, are appealed to the County Commissioners for review.
Within their legislative capacity, the Commissioners are responsible for adopting, amending and repealing all county ordinances (which are usually laws of the county). These include traffic, zoning, planning and public safety ordinances, and any other ordinance concerning the general welfare of the county.
The Commissioners have a key role in a wide variety of community boards and commissions that affect citizens within and even beyond their jurisdictions. The Commissioners serve on a variety of multi-county boards with other public officials to direct public policy. The latest Commissioner Representation List.
Many citizen advisory boards provide input to the Commissioners in a variety of areas. Within the county structure, the Commissioners are responsible for appointing members to the county boards and commissions. You may contact Jenna Amsbury, Clerk of the Board, for further information regarding these boards and potential openings. You may also send a letter of interest to the County Commissioners if you would like to be considered for appointment.
Special information about the Board's hearing schedule may be obtained by contacting the Commissioner’s Office. Jenna Amsbury, Clerk of the Board, can provide specific information about the Commissioners' schedules as well as the outcome of public hearings.
If you have questions about county matters, require information concerning which department to contact for a specific need, have a complaint or need assistance please contact Jenna Amsbury. She can be reached at (360) 249-3731, and via email at JAmsbury@co.grays-harbor.wa.us.