About the Olympia City Council
Olympia's City Councilmembers are part-time City employees. They devote, on average, 15-25 hours per week to Council business. Some Councilmembers have full time business and employment careers in addition to their duties on the City Council.
The seven members on Olympia's City Council are elected to four year terms from the community as-a-whole, not from districts or wards. The positions are non-partisan. The terms are staggered, with positions ending for three members at one time and four members the next. Olympia City Council elections are part of the Thurston County general election held in odd-numbered years.
Position 1 is designated as the Mayor's position. The Mayor is elected by the citizens to that position. In Olympia, the Mayor and Councilmembers have equal voting authority, with the Mayor voting on all issues as one of seven Councilmembers.
Annually, the City Council selects one of its members to be Mayor Pro Tem so that there is a previously designated Councilmember to assume the Mayor's duties if needed.
Current Olympia City Councilmembers
How to Contact the City Council
Olympia City Council
PO Box 1967
Olympia, WA 98507-1967
Option #1. Send individual emails to Councilmembers. Councilmembers have individual email addresses. You will find the email address on each Councilmember's web page.
Option #2. Send a single email to the Council's central email box: firstname.lastname@example.org. Your email sent to this address will be forwarded to all City Councilmembers by the Council's secretary during normal working hours.
All written correspondence to the Olympia City Council, including email, is a public record, potentially eligible for release upon request.
At a City Council Meeting
See "How to Provide Public Testimony" in the following section.
City Council meetings
Beginning Tuesday, July 13, the City Council will resume in-person meetings. At this time, in-person meetings will not have an option to view and participate using video conference technology. Staff are working to implement a hybrid system that will allow the public to participate virtually, but the technology in the Council Chambers is not ready at this time.
Olympia City Council meetings are usually held on Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at Olympia City Hall, 601 4th Avenue E, unless otherwise noticed.
How to comment
Anyone who wishes to address the City Council is asked to sign in on the appropriate sheet in the lobby of the Council Chambers before the start of the meeting. The doors to the Council Chambers are usually opened 30 minutes before the start of the meeting.
At the start of the meeting, the sign-in sheet is collected by City staff and given to the Mayor. Please note that the sign-in sheet is a public record, potentially eligible for release upon request.
Unless otherwise noticed, up to 30 minutes near the start of each weekly Council meeting is reserved for public comment on issues related to City business, except for items where the City Council has either held a Public Hearing in the prior 45 days or scheduled a public hearing to be held within 45 days, or quasi-judicial matters. Usually, comments are limited to three minutes per person.
At the end of 30 minutes, Public Communication is closed so that the Council may attend to the rest of its business. If more people sign up for Public Communication than can be accommodated in 30 minutes, the Council will continue Public Communication until the end of the meeting for those people who signed up by the start of the meeting and did not have a chance to speak in the initial 30 minutes of comment.
How to watch
Agendas and Minutes
- On television live – Thurston County Media Channel 3
- Streamed online live on Thurston County Media’s website: tcmedia.org
- The day after the meeting videos are posted at olympia.legistar.com
Council (and Advisory Committee) meeting agendas are posted on the City's Legislative Management System by 3 p.m. the Thursday before the meeting. Meeting minutes are posted following Council review and approval.