City Manager

The City Manager is appointed by the City Council and responsible for day-to-day city operations and administration of Council policy. All other city departments are responsible for service provision and report to the City Manager.

Overview

Scott Spence is the City Manager for the City of Lacey. The City Manager is appointed by the City Council as the City’s chief executive officer and is responsible to the Council for the proper administration of all city affairs.

The City Manager oversees the effective and efficient delivery of all city services, including public safety, emergency preparedness, street maintenance and construction, traffic management, public works construction, planning, building inspection, code enforcement, parks and recreation, economic development, policy development, public information and neighborhood communications, water, wastewater, reclaimed water, and storm water services, special events, and intergovernmental relations. All department directors are appointed by and report to the City Manager.

The City Manager and city staff work closely with the City Council to develop policy initiatives and ensure the implementation of the Council’s goals and priorities. The City Manager prepares and presents the annual city budget to the City Council and is responsible for the proper expenditure and monitoring of all city funds.  

City Manager Message

A Message from City Manager Scott Spence

Welcome to the City of Lacey. I trust you will find Lacey to be a safe, inviting, and secure community.  

Lacey is an award-winning city recognized for its low crime rate, business-friendly attitude, environment stewardship, outstanding parks, excellent customer service, fiscal prudence, and community leadership.  

Lacey lives within its means, balances its budget, and ensures your tax dollars are wisely invested. We pride ourselves in proactive problem-solving, unique community partnerships, and an entrepreneurial spirit. Our neighborhoods are safe. Crime rates are low. Our police department is accredited and recognized as one of the most progressive in the state. Fire and emergency medical services are excellent. City streets and utility infrastructure are well-maintained. Our drinking water quality consistently meets or exceeds all state and federal requirements. Wastewater is treated to Class A standards at a state-of-the-art treatment facility. Our lakes and streams benefit from a comprehensive storm water management program. Parks are strategically located and designed for family use. The city’s award winning Regional Athletic Complex is a benefit to the entire county. Lacey’s library, senior center, community center, playgrounds, trails, and other civic facilities are well-kept and maintained in excellent condition. Recreational programs, events, and services are exceptional. Local schools are top notch and continually strive to enhance the quality of education our children deserve. Customer service in Lacey is second to none.  

Lacey is a community with vision, vitality, and values. Our numerous comprehensive plans provide clear direction for the future and we continue to focus first on the fundamentals of local government. Lacey encourages business growth, entrepreneurship, and job development. We have a “can do” approach to our job and strive to continuously improve the quality of life for our residents. Most importantly, our actions are grounded in long-established and sound principles and values. We value honesty, integrity, hard work, stewardship, personal responsibility, fiscal discipline, diversity, and leadership and innovation in local government. Exceptional public service is a hallmark of our success.

Please visit our parks, walk our trails, and enjoy our community events and amenities. If you want to get to know us better or get involved in your local government, attend a Council meeting, browse our web site, inquire about volunteer opportunities, consider serving on a board or commission, or just drop by for a visit. I think you’ll be pleased with our warm, friendly customer service and our approach to quality local government. You should expect no less.  
 

Scott Spence
Lacey City Manager 

FAQs

Lacey is located in Thurston County. The city’s 2020 census population is 56,576.

Lacey’s geographic boundaries lie within the 10th U.S. Congressional District, created in 2012, to adjust for population growth in Washington State. Find your Congressional Representatives at http://apps.leg.wa.gov/districtfinder/default.aspx.

The sales tax rate in Lacey is 9.4 cents for every taxable dollar, Lacey receives .85 cent of each taxable dollar less than one penny for every dollar spent in the city. The state of Washington gets 6.5 cents.

An Ordinance is a municipal law which may be amended or repealed by adoption of another ordinance. Except in cases of emergency, an ordinance as passed by the City Council, takes effect five days after its publication in the city’s official newspaper. Most ordinances become part of the Lacey Municipal Code Book. A Resolution is a Council action that may be used to express City Council policy, direct administrative or legal action, or to make a public statement from the Council.

Call the City Clerk’s Office at (360) 491-3214. The Mayor and Councilmembers generally are not available at City Hall during the day. Staff will be able to help schedule a time to contact the appropriate Councilmember. A staff person may be able to respond to your question or concerns. Visit the Lacey City Council’s web page for additional contact information.

The Lacey City Council meets on the first and third Thursdays of each month. Meetings begin at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Lacey City Hall, 420 College Street SE.

No, all Councilmembers are elected at-large and serve four-year terms.

On occasion, the City Council will recess to an “Executive Session.” This is a closed portion of the meeting for discussion of confidential legal matters, personnel matters, labor negotiations, property transactions, or considering matters affecting national security. These are the only issues which may be discussed in executive session.

The city charges $3.00 per each document notarized.

In compliance with RCW 42.56, a public records response must be made within five business days. According to general statute, RCW 1.12.040, the day the request is received does not count as one of the five business days.

In general, public records that are exempt from public disclosure are those in the categories listed in RCW 42.56.230 through 42.56.280. Reference must be made to this statute to determine on a case-by-case basis whether a particular record is exempt. When a city denies a request for disclosure of a public record, it must identify the specific statutory exemption upon which the denial is based and provide a brief explanation of how that exemption applies. In addition, certain statutes outside of the public records law also prohibit disclosure of particular records (www.mrsc.org).

Although there is no Washington case that has determined whether a duty to create an otherwise nonexistent document exists under RCW 42.56, there is a federal law on this issue. Under the Freedom of Information Act, an agency is not required to create a record which is otherwise non-existent.

When the City Council passes an ordinance it becomes municipal law. The ordinance is ÒcodifiedÓ or added to the Lacey Municipal Code, also known as the LMC, which serves as the official law book for the city.

Applications for the Work Involvement Now (WIN!) program are available for a limited time each springÑonline or at City Hall. Approximately 35 groups are selected to complete service projects. After completing a 40-hour service project, the organization receives a grant up to $300.

The City of Lacey has a franchise agreement with Comcast and is able to assist with service problems if necessary. Contact Public Affairs to assist in resolving escalated service problems.

The Animal Shelter is located at 3120 Martin Way in Olympia. For pet licensing or pet adoption information, to report an injured, stray, or problem animal, or to learn how you can become a volunteer, call Animal Services at (360) 352-2510.

Lacey residents who do not dispose of their own tree are asked to place trees at the curb in front of their home to be picked up on the second Saturday of January by local Boy Scout troops. All lights and decorations must be removed from the tree before placing it curbside.

Physical Address: 420 College Street SE, Lacey, WA 98503; Mailing Address: P.O. Box 3400, Lacey, WA 98509

At each City Council meeting there is a time for the public to speak on issues not otherwise on the agenda. If you want to address an issue that is scheduled for a public hearing, plan to attend the Council meeting and speak during the public hearing section of that agenda item. You can call the City Clerk’s office at (360) 491-3214 to learn what time the public hearing is scheduled.

The Thurston County AuditorÕs office registers voters and conducts elections. Visit the Thurston County Auditor’s office website at www.co.thurston.wa.us/auditor1/, call (360) 786-5408, or pick up a registration form at the City Manager’s office counter.

Contact the City Clerk’s office at (360) 491-3214 or email cityclerk@ci.lacey.wa.us for information and an application.

Yes, both facilities have drop-off boxes located in their parking lots.

City maps are available through the Lacey South Sound Chamber, located at 3925 8th Ave SE Ste. C, Lacey WA 98503, or by calling (360) 491-4141. The City Manager’s office distributes bicycle maps which offer several routes for recreational bike riding.

The City of Lacey was incorporated in 1966, with a rich history dating back to the early 1890Õs.

The majority of Lacey’s land area resides within Washington StateÕs 22nd Legislative District boundary, with some geographic areas in the 20th District. To find your Legislator, visit the Washington State Legislature’s website at http://apps.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/Default.aspx.

The Thurston County Treasurer calculates and sends out property tax bills. Check the Thurston County Treasurer’s website for information, or call the Treasurer’s office during regular office hours at (360) 786-5550.

Department Staff

Assistant City Manager
Special Projects Administrator