City Clerk

The City Clerk’s office is dedicated to serving the needs of our public and internal customers by providing them with timely and quality services in a positive, professional, and cooperative manner.  

Responsibilities of the City Clerk include: management of the City’s official records, public disclosure, City Council support including agenda development, packets and preparation of official minutes, legal noticing, electronic records access, recording of legal documents, and risk management. The Clerk’s office also provides facilities use and administrative services for the city. The City Clerk is the person designated to accept Claims for Damages or other Lawsuits and Public Records Requests.

Shawna Wise, Assistant City Clerk / Open Government Administrator, supports the Mayor, Council, City Administrator, and City Clerk. In the absence of the City Clerk, the Assistant City Clerk is the person designated to accept Claims for Damages, other Lawsuits and Public Records Requests. She can be reached at 253-853-7638.

Ordinances & Resolutions
The City Council has various options available for taking legislative  action, including the passage, adoption, or approval of ordinances,  resolutions, rules, regulations, motions, and policies.

  • A resolution generally states a position or policy of a city.  See the City's archived list of resolutions.
  • An  ordinance is more formal and authoritative than a resolution.  An  ordinance is a local law that usually regulates persons or property and  usually relates to a matter of a general and permanent nature.  See the  City's archived list of ordinances.