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FORM OF GOVERNMENT

The City of Camas was incorporated on June 2, 1906, and operates under laws of the State of Washington applicable to non-charter code cities with a mayor-council form of government. The City provides police, fire, ambulance service and emergency aid, streets, sanitation, health, recreation, library, public improvements, planning and zoning, water supply, treatment and distribution, sewage collection and treatment services. 

   


Of the seven elected Council members, there is one elected at-large and six elected within wards. The wards are established based on population estimates within the City's boundaries and are reviewed and modified periodically by Council. Every two years, part of the Council body is elected and holds staggered four-year terms.

The following meetingsare held in the City Hall Council Chambers, 616 NE 4th Avenue, Camas, Washington:

  • CITY COUNCIL MEETING: Meetings are held on the first and third Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. There are seven City Council members and a Mayor, Scott Higgins, who presides at the meetings. The staff representative is Pete Capell, City Administrator. Agenda items must be submitted by Tuesday afternoon of the week prior to the meeting. Note: If a holiday falls on the Monday of a Council/Workshop meeting, the meeting is then held on Tuesday.

  • COUNCIL WORKSHOP: Meetings are held on the first and third Monday of each month at 4:30 p.m. There are seven City Council members and a Mayor, Scott Higgins, who presides at the meetings. The staff representative is Pete Capell, City Administrator. Agenda items must be submitted by Tuesday afternoon of the week prior to the meeting.

  • PLANNING COMMISSION: Regularly meet on the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. There are seven commissioners including Chair Bryan Beel. The staff representative is Phil Bourquin, Community Development Director. The Planning Commission is the first legislative body to formally review land use issues.  For more information...

  • PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSION: Meet on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 5:00 p.m. at Lacamas Lodge. There are eight commissioners including Chair Randy Curtis. The staff representative is Jerry Acheson, Parks and Recreation Manager. Agenda items must be submitted by Thursday prior to the meeting.  For more information...

  • LIBRARY BOARD: Meet the first Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. There are five board members. The staff representative is Ellen Miles, Youth Services Librarian. Agenda items must be submitted no later than 10 days prior to the meeting.  For more information...

    Other meetings and locations include: 

  • FRIENDS OF THE COMMUNITY CENTER: Meet the first Wednesday of each month at 10:30 a.m. at the Camas Community Center, 1718 SE 7th Avenue, Camas, WA. The President is Nan Henriksen. The staff representative is Susan Newlove. Typically this group does not meet during the summer months. For more information contact Susan Newlove at 360.834.5307.  For more information...

  • FRIENDS & FOUNDATION OF THE CAMAS LIBRARY: The Board of Directors meet irregularly. For more information...

  • SECOND STORY GALLERY SOCIETY: A reception for new exhibits is held on the first Friday of each month at the Camas Public Library.  For more information...

  • UNITED CAMAS ASSOCIATION OF NEIGHBORHOODS, For information on upcoming neighborhood meetings call City Hall at 360.834.1561. For more information...

The following meetings are scheduled as needed:

  • FINANCE COMMITTEE - The staff representative is Cathy Huber Nickerson, Finance Director.

  • BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT - The staff representative is Phil Bourquin, Community Development Director.

  • CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION - The Civil Service Secretary/Examiner is Alicia Ramsey.  For more information...

  • DESIGN REVIEW COMMITTEE - This committee reviews certain commercial and multi-family developments, as well as developments within specified gateway areas. The staff representative is Phil Bourquin, Community Development Director.

  • SHORELINE MANAGEMENT REVIEW COMMITTEE - The staff representative is Phil Bourquin, Community Development Director.

  • FISHER BASIN STORMWATER/WETLANDS MASTER PLAN COMMITTEE - The staff representative is Jim Carothers, Engineering Manager.

  • PARKING ADVISORY COMMISSION - The staff representative is Phil Bourquin, Community Development Director.

  • SALARY COMMISSION - The staff representative is Pete Capell, City Administrator.

  • LODGING TAX ADVISORY COMMITTEE - The staff representative is Pete Capell, City Administrator

  • LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS AND FIRE FIGHTERS (LEOFF) DISABILITY BOARD - The staff representative is Jennifer Gorsuch, Administrative Services Director 

    NOTE:
    The City of Camas welcomes the participation of its citizens in the public meeting process. Anyone interested may be heard at meetings. In addition, the Clerk’s office will receive written comments at any time between notice distribution and the completion of the meeting. To obtain additional information concerning agenda topics, contact the City Clerk at 360.817.1591 or by e-mail at bbacon@cityofcamas.us.

    Parking and meeting rooms are accessible for persons with disabilities. Pursuant to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodations to participate in the meeting, and any non-English speaking person wishing to attend the meeting, can contact the City Clerk at 360.817.1591 with 24 hours advance notice for those accommodations.


 

Mission Statement

The City of Camas commits to preserving its heritage, sustaining and enhancing a high quality of life for all its citizens and developing the community to meet the challenges of the future. We take pride in preserving a healthful environment while promoting economic growth. We encourage citizens to participate in government and community, assisting the City in its efforts to provide quality services consistent with their desires and needs.

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