Lacey City Council

The City operates under a Council-manager form of government.  Under this form of government, an elected City Council is responsible for policymaking, and a professional city manager, appointed by the council, is responsible for administration of the City organization. Lacey voters elect seven City Councilmembers from the community. Councilmembers serve four-year terms, with municipal elections held in November of odd-numbered years. The City Council selects a Mayor and Deputy Mayor to serve as presiding officer during public meetings and events.

The City Council’s primary duties are to make laws, adopt regulations and budgets, levy taxes, authorize public improvements, provide for public safety and health, approve board and commission appointments, and oversee a wide-ranging agenda for the community of Lacey. 

All business of the City Council is conducted in public with the exception of Executive Session items such as property acquisition, personnel issues, and potential litigation. Community members are welcome to attend, listen, and provide comments.

Andy Ryder, Mayor

(360) 522 5192


Term of Office
As Mayor
  • 2022-2023
  • 2020-2021
  • 2018-2019
  • 2016-2017
  • 2014-2015
As Councilmember – Position #5
  • First Term: 2010-2013
  • Second Term: 2014-2017
  • Third Term: 2018-2021
  • Fourth Term: 2022-2025
Council Committees
  • Finance & Economic Development Committee
  • General Government and Public Safety Committee
Intergovernmental Boards, Commissions, Agencies
  • Mayors’ Forum
  • Thurston County Shared Legislative Committee
  • Transportation Policy Board
  • National League of Cities Board of Directors
  • Board Liaison to the Race, Equity, and Leadership Council (REAL)
  • Lacey Youth Council
Areas of Special Interest
  • Equitable communities
  • Economic development
  • Transparency in Local Government
  • Transportation and Infrastructure Improvements
  • Vibrant, Accessible Parks
  • Environmental Protection and Mitigation
  • Education
Supports
  • Veterans and their Families
  • Small Businesses
Occupation
  • Owner, Shur-Kleen Car Wash
Malcolm Miller, Deputy Mayor

(360) 522 5176


Term of Office

As Councilmember – Position #1
  • First Term: 2020-2023

Special Assignments

Council Committees
  • Transportation Committee
  • Finance and Economic Development Committee
Intergovernmental Boards, Commissions, Agencies
  • Economic Development Council
  • Thurston Thrives
  • Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC)
  • Thurston County Coalition Against Trafficking (TCCAT)

Areas of Special Interest

  • Homelessness
  • Strategic Planning for Seniors
  • Growth Management
  • Finance

Occupation

  • Loan Officer, Fairway Independent Mortgage
Carolyn Cox, Councilmember

(360) 522 5196


Term of Office
As Councilmember – Position #7
  • First Term: 2018-2021
  • Second Term: 2022-2025

Council Committees
  • Community Relations and Public Affairs Committee
  • Land Use and Environment Committee
  • Utilities Committee
Intergovernmental Boards, Commissions, Agencies
  • Climate Action Steering Committee
  • LOTT Clean Water Alliance
  • Regional Housing Council
Areas of Special Interest
  • Environmental/climate change
  • Serving the Houseless
  • Planned growth and transportation
Occupation
  • Retired Public Information Officer, Washington State Department of Health
Ed Kunkel, Councilmember

(360) 489 9533


Term of Office

As Councilmember – Position #3
  • Unexpired Term: 2019
  • First Term: 2020-2023

Special Assignments

Council Committees
  • Community Relations and Public Affairs Committee
  • General Government and Public Safety Committee
  • Utilities Committee
Intergovernmental Boards, Commissions, Agencies
  • Joint Animal Services Commission
  • Olympia-Lacey-Tumwater Visitor and Convention Bureau
  • Lacey South Sound Chamber
  • Solid Waste Advisory Committee

Areas of Special Interest

  • Small Business Growth
  • Supporting Veterans
  • Fiscal Accountability

Occupation

  • Realtor and Managing Broker
  • Army Veteran
Lenny Greenstein, Councilmember

(360) 481 2762


Term of Office

As Councilmember – Position #2
  • First Term: 2012-2015
  • Second Term: 2016-2019
  • Third Term: 2020-2023

Special Assignments

Council Committees
  • Finance & Economic Development Committee
  • General Government & Public Safety Committee
  • Land Use & Environment Committee
Intergovernmental Boards, Commissions, Agencies
  • Emergency Medical Services Committee
  • Thurston 911 Communications (TCOMM 911)
  • Law Enforcement Officers and Firefighters Board (LEOFF)

Occupation

  • 25 years in the Insurance Industry
  • 25 years as a Small Business Owner
Robin Vazquez, Councilmember

(360) 884 6919


Term of Office

As Councilmember – Position #4
  • First Term: 2022-2025

Special Assignments

Council Committees
  • Land Use & Environment Committee
  • Transportation Committee
Intergovernmental Boards, Commissions, Agencies
  • Intercity Transit Authority
  • Olympic Region Clean Air Agency (ORCAA)
  • Thurston Regional Planning Council

Areas of Special Interest

  • Government Efficiency and Effectiveness
  • Language Access and Cultural Inclusion
  • Walkable Neighborhoods and Commute Trip Reduction
  • Emergency Preparedness

Occupation

  • Employee Resources Director, Washington State Health Care Authority
Michael Steadman, Councilmember

(360) 522 5194


Term of Office

As Councilmember – Position #6
  • First Term: 2014-2017
  • Second Term: 2018-2021
  • Third Term: 2022-2025

Special Assignments

Council Committees
  • Community Relations and Public Affairs Committee
  • Transportation Committee
  • Utilities Committee
Intergovernmental Boards, Commissions, Agencies
  • Community Action Council
  • Thurston County Law and Justice Council

Areas of Special Interest

  • Commerce
  • Law Enforcement
  • Citizen Quality of Life

Occupation

  • Commercial Real Estate, Owner: Steadman Properties

Types of Council Meetings (Regular, Worksession, Special)

REGULAR MEETINGS

The Council conducts its official business, enacting laws and approving policies during regular Council meetings. Regular Council meetings occur the first and third Thursday of the month. All regular meetings begin at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Lacey City Hall, 420 College Street SE. Meeting may occur in person, remotely, or a combination of both.

Regular meetings follow a formal and specific format. During a Regular Meeting, Councilmembers make a formal vote on items previously discussed at Worksessions, Special Sessions, or Committee Meetings. Councilmembers also adopt previous meetings minutes, and present proclamations, ordinances, and resolutions. During Regular Meetings, members of the public have an opportunity to make official comments to the Council during the Public Comment agenda item.

Upcoming Meetings
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Upcoming Meetings

Thu. 10/06, 2022 | 6:00 pm
Lacey City Council Meeting

City Council Chambers

ADD TO CALENDAR Oct. 06, 2022 6:00 pm Oct. 06, 2022 8:00 pm America/Los_Angeles Lacey City Council Meeting The Lacey City Council holds official business meetings on the first and third Thursday of each month. The City posts agendas the Friday prior to the meeting date. Meetings may be held online, in person, or a combination of both. Please see the agenda for details.     City Council Chambers

Oct 06 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

City Council Chambers

The Lacey City Council holds official business meetings on the first and third Thursday of each month. The City posts agendas the Friday prior to the meeting date. Meetings may be held online, in person, or a combination of both.…

Contact: City Manager



Link to Meeting Detail Page

Thu. 10/20, 2022 | 6:00 pm
Lacey City Council Meeting

City Council Chambers

ADD TO CALENDAR Oct. 20, 2022 6:00 pm Oct. 20, 2022 8:00 pm America/Los_Angeles Lacey City Council Meeting The Lacey City Council holds official business meetings on the first and third Thursday of each month. The City posts agendas the Friday prior to the meeting date. Meetings may be held online, in person, or a combination of both. Please see the agenda for details.     City Council Chambers

Oct 20 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

City Council Chambers

The Lacey City Council holds official business meetings on the first and third Thursday of each month. The City posts agendas the Friday prior to the meeting date. Meetings may be held online, in person, or a combination of both.…

Contact: City Manager



Link to Meeting Detail Page

Thu. 11/03, 2022 | 6:00 pm
Lacey City Council Meeting

City Council Chambers

ADD TO CALENDAR Nov. 03, 2022 6:00 pm Nov. 03, 2022 8:00 pm America/Los_Angeles Lacey City Council Meeting The Lacey City Council holds official business meetings on the first and third Thursday of each month. The City posts agendas the Friday prior to the meeting date. Meetings may be held online, in person, or a combination of both. Please see the agenda for details.     City Council Chambers

Nov 03 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

City Council Chambers

The Lacey City Council holds official business meetings on the first and third Thursday of each month. The City posts agendas the Friday prior to the meeting date. Meetings may be held online, in person, or a combination of both.…

Contact: City Manager



Link to Meeting Detail Page

Meeting Archive


WORKSESSIONS

Worksessions provide an opportunity for the full Council to review and discuss issues in depth without taking official action. Council Worksessions occur on the second and fourth Thursday of each month. All meetings begin at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Lacey City Hall, 420 College Street SE. Meetings may occur in person, remotely, or a combination of both.

During Worksessions, City Council Members discuss topics, receive briefings, reports and memorandums from City staff as well as hear presentations from City staff and outside organizations. The Council follows Robert’s Rules of Order during their meetings to allow for courtesy and orderly flow of the meetings. Although most formal Council action occurs at regular Council Meetings, the Council may make decisions and take official action at Council Worksessions.


OTHER MEETINGS

Periodically, the City Council holds Special Meetings. During these meetings, only the items listed on the agenda may be discussed. 

City Council holds Executive Sessions for items such as property acquisition, personnel issues, and potential litigation. Executive Sessions are closed to the public. No final action can be taken during an executive session.


PUBLIC COMMENT FOR COUNCIL MEETINGS


In Person
Persons wishing to provide verbal public comment may do so in person at the meeting. Please register at the meeting using the sign-up sheet in the Council Chambers.

Remote:
Preregister to speak via the link provided on the meeting agenda. Instructions and access details will be provided once registration is complete. Registration for remote verbal public comment closes at 4:00 p.m. on the day of the meeting.

Written:
Public comments may also be submitted by email to publiccomment@ci.lacey.wa.us. Written comments will be provided to the City Council electronically prior to the meeting. Comments will not be addressed during the Council meeting; however, comments received will be added to the official record. The commenting period will close at 4:00 p.m. the day of the meeting.

PUBLIC HEARINGS

City Council holds Public Hearings during Regular Meetings or Special Meetings. During Public Hearings, the public is encouraged to provide testimony regarding the specific topic of the public hearing. 

City Council Policy – Procedure Manual

City Council Policy

In 2011, the Lacey City Council adopted the City Council Policy-Procedure Manual to standardize the process for implementing current and new Council practices, procedures, and policies. The General Government Committee reviews the manual annually. If there are any revisions, they are sent to full Lacey City Council for final approval. The City Council Policy-Procedure Manual was last updated in 2021.

Meeting Accomodations

The City of Lacey provides reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities.

To request an accommodation or written materials in an alternate format, contact the City Clerk at least seventy-two (72) hours before the meeting to discuss any necessary accommodations. You can reach the City Clerk by phone (360) 486-8704 or email cityclerk@ci.lacey.wa.us.

For vision or hearing impaired services contact the Washington State Relay Service at 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6384.

Meeting Locations

Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, all public meetings may be conducted remotely, in person, or a combination of the two. The public may attend the Lacey City Council meetings in person or by watching live through video streaming on the following platforms:


When not under the public health emergency:

Meeting Location
All public meetings convene in the Council Chambers of Lacey City Hall, 420 College Street SE. The public is invited to attend. Please refer to the individual meeting agenda for detailed instructions regarding the meeting location(s).