Latest Blog Posts

  1. Valor

    One week ago, I had the honor of attending and speaking at the ceremony for the first group of graduates of the Veterans Treatment Court program. Like everything else, COVID had delayed the celebration for a year until we could safely gather in a...

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  2. How are you doing?

    This week, several hundred of you joined me for a virtual Employee Town Hall.  I always appreciate being able to update you on County priorities and hearing your thoughts and questions – unvarnished and direct! I can always count on a few of...

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  3. Shining a spotlight

    As promised in last week’s blog, I want to give you a glimpse into some amazing people who serve our residents. Last weekend we held a virtual celebration for the people who graciously volunteer their time and talent to support County programs. In...

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  4. Hope and healing

      Last Friday was a great day in Pierce County!  Not only did we continue getting vaccines into the arms of our residents, but we held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Crisis Recovery Center (CRC) in the Parkland/Spanaway area. For those of...

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  5. Rental and Utility Assistance in 2021

    Greetings, friends and colleagues! When a coworker pointed out my last blog post was back in December, I was astonished. Where did the first ten weeks of 2021 go? I don’t know about you, but time feels like it drags by and disappears in an...

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  6. Restart, recover and reform

    When I look back on the last year, COVID had a lot of control over our lives.  It controlled where we worked, how we interacted with family members and friends, where our kids went to school, how we shopped, and more.  We had to react and respond to...

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  7. Rental & Utility Assistance is Here!

    I have heard from so many community members who have lost their job as a result of the pandemic or experienced significantly reduced hours and income. Especially folks who cannot work from home safely, such as our neighbors in the hospitality...

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  8. Home is my __________

        On Tuesday, I attended Tacoma-Pierce County Habitat for Humanity’s “Changing Lives Lunch-IN” virtual fundraiser.  One of their engagement activities displayed an image of a house with the words “Home is my _______.”  COVID has certainly...

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  9. Change is going to come

      Have you seen the recently released movie, “One Night in Miami”?  It was directed by Regina King and tells the (mostly) true story of an evening in the 1960’s when Muhammed Ali (then Cassius Clay), Sam Cooke, Jim Brown and Malcolm X were...

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  10. Let it snow

      The song “Let It Snow” starts out, “Oh, the weather outside is frightful…” and we did see some amazing snow totals across Pierce County a few days ago.  While most of us stayed safely at home building epic snowmen or videoing puppies in the...

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  11. Sustainability 2030 Plan update before Council

    At a special meeting the Community Development Committee will begin its review of the Pierce County Sustainability 2030 plan, which outlines how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across Pierce County government operations and the larger community...

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  12. Tomorrow’s icons today

    I’ve had the privilege of writing in this blog about important African American Pierce County residents that have made powerful contributions to our lives close to home and beyond. I have shared the fascinating story of Dr. Nettie Asberry who founded...

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  13. Together

      An African proverb says, “If you want to go fast, go alone.  If you want to go far, go together.”  Over the last four years we’ve seen how effective we can be when we join with our local partners to tackle regional challenges. For example, you...

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  14. Jabs and jabbering

    So, I recently learned that while those of us in the U.S. say we are eager to get our vaccination “shot,” our friends across the Pond in Great Britain say they can’t wait to get a “jab.”  Either way, I’m excited that we are getting more vaccines into...

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  15. Finding a way

    There’s an old saying, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.”  And, there is some truth to that.  Despite any number of obstacles, it seems that some people can find a way to break through and get things done. That’s especially true here in Pierce...

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  16. Let’s go!

      Four years ago, I had the privilege of being sworn in as Executive for the first time. Hundreds of guests joined me in a large conference center.  It was festive, loud and lively. Fast forward four years and this week’s swearing-in was small,...

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  17. Commitee and External Board Assignments

    At this afternoon’s meeting the Council approved appointments to our standing committes and external boards. Standing Committees RULES AND OPERATIONS COMMITTEE Meeting Time: Mondays, 10:00 a.m. Derek Young, Chair Dave Morell, Vice Chair Marty...

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  18. “Of the people, by the people, for the people”

    In the midst of the most divisive time in our history, the Civil War, after the bloodiest battle in our history, with over 50,000 combined casualties, President Abraham Lincoln delivered a 271-word address at the dedication of the National Cemetery...

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  19. Changes at the Pierce County Council

    With the New Year, Pierce County has a new Council. Yesterday we swore in four new members. Joining us are: Hans Zeiger, District 2 Amy Cruver, District 3 Ryan Mello, District 5 Jani Hitchen, District 6 We’re excited about this new group because they...

    DerekYoung
  20. Good riddance

    I can’t imagine there is a person who isn’t relieved that 2020 is almost over. While there have been many wonderful events – babies were born, partners were wed, birthdays were celebrated, and puppies were adopted – the losses were much...

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