Boards & Commissions

The Town of Cathlamet welcomes citizen participation on it's boards and commissions, including the Planning Commission and Library Board of Trustees. Citizens of the Town have also formed an informal Pool Advisory Committee that is not subject to any specific requirements. For additional information about any of the boards or commissions, please review the additional sections on this page. Commission meeting information is maintained by the Town and Board meeting information can be found on the Library's website.

Planning Commission


Planning Commission (in-town)


Planning Commission (in-town)


Planning Commission (in-town)


Planning Commission (out-of-town)


Planning Commission (out-of-town)

Commission Vacancies & Duties

Planning Commission - Cathlamet, WA, USA - PC

The Town of Cathlamet is accepting applications to fill (5) five vacant positions on the Cathlamet Planning Commission to serve the Town Council as an advisory body with power to recommend policy. CMC 2.50

The term of office of the five commissioners shall be for four years and staggered in such a way that the terms of three commissioners shall expire in even-numbered years and the terms of two commissioners shall expire in odd-numbered years.

To Apply: Complete an official Town Planning Commission Application and return it to Town Hall; email to our Clerk-Treasurer; or upload here by clicking Apply Now.
A commissioner shall attend no less than 80 percent of regular meetings during any 12-month period. Two members of the planning commission may be residents of Wahkiakum County; and the remaining members must be town residents. Members should have a general understanding of architecture, urban planning, economic development, community involvement, and the specific concerns of Cathlamet residents and business operators.
Planning commissioners shall serve without compensation.
The planning commission shall serve as the principal advisory board to the town council with responsibility for providing guidance and direction for land use policy.

Specific duties include:
  • Providing recommendations to the town council for development and review of the comprehensive plan in compliance with Chapter 36.70A RCW. This includes establishing procedures providing for early and continuous public participation in the development and amendment of the comprehensive land use plan and development regulations implementing the plan. 
  • Periodically reviewing and recommending amendments to the zoning map and table of permitted uses.
  • Periodically reviewing and recommending amendments to the development regulations.
  • Other duties as assigned by the town council relating to subjects referred to in Chapter 35.63 RCW.
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Library Board of Trustees

Leslie Billington

Trustee, Position 1

Term Exp.: 12/31/2024

Rose Rendler

Trustee, Position 2

Term Exp.: 12/31/2021

Audrey Hedman

Trustee, Position 3

Term Exp.: 12/31/2023

Judy Vandermaten

Trustee, Position 4

Term Exp.: 12/31/2025

Robin Westphall

Trustee, Position 5

Term Exp.: 12/31/2022

Board Vacancies & Duties

Library Board of Trustees - Cathlamet, WA, USA

No vacant positions at this time.
Members are expected to attend all meetings. Failing to attend three consecutive meetings or missing four meetings within any twelve month period, may declare the position vacant.

Trustees are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the Town Council.
Board of Trustees shall serve without compensation.
The board establishes the library mission, long-range plan, policies, and as a group provides oversight of the Library Director (Librarian) but must not undermine the authority of the director.

Specific duties include:
  • Know community needs, keep abreast of library trends, and actively participate in state and national library associations.
  • Set up an organizational structure for the library board and adopt bylaws that meet Open Public Meetings laws.
  • Assure that board minutes, library policies, plans, and other information or reports are available to the public as required by law.
  • Once the board adopts a policy or plan all members support the decision and support staff who implement decisions.
  • In coordination with the director, develop and adopt the library's mission statement, long-range, strategic and annual plans.
  • Know local, state, and federal laws related to libraries.
  • Employ a competent and qualified director, maintain a current job description, and evaluate the director annually on previously agreed upon criteria.
  • Clearly delegate operations to library director avoiding procedural micromanaging.
  • Discuss, adopt, and periodically review policies.