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

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)

There is hereby created a planning commission consisting of five members appointed by the mayor, subject to confirmation by a majority vote of the town council. 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.



Eligibility: Two members may be out-of-town residents living anywhere in Wahkiakum County. The other three members must be in-town residents. In selecting the planning commission, the town council shall seek to ensure representation that includes members with an understanding of architecture and urban planning, economic development, community involvement, and the specific concerns of Cathlamet residents and business operators.

Training: 
Every member of the governing body of a public agency must complete training on the requirements of the OPMA & PRA no later than ninety days after the date the member assumes public office and such training must be repeated every 4-years while in office. (RCW 42.30.205; 42.56.150)

Availability: 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.

Application: A completed Town Planning Commission Application must be upload to your website application submission or returned to the Clerk-Treasurer at Town Hall, 375 2nd Street, Cathlamet, WA 98612.
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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Leslie Billington

Trustee, Position 1

Term Exp.: 12/31/2024

Carolyn Holt

Trustee, Position 2

Term Exp.: 12/31/2026

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

Library Board of Trustees

Cathlamet, WA, USA
There are no vacant positions at this time.

There is hereby created a library board of trustees consisting of five members appointed by the mayor, subject to confirmation by a majority vote of the council. The terms of office of the initial five trustees shall be for one, two, three, four, and five years, and thereafter the trustees shall be appointed annually for a term of five years.
Eligibility: Two members may be out-of-town residents living anywhere in Wahkiakum County. The other three members must be in-town residents. In selecting the trustees, the council shall seek to ensure representation that includes experience with the functions of public and private libraries, serving on oversight boards, and a demonstrated commitment to promoting public education, culture, and intellectual development to a diverse community.

Training: Every member of the governing body of a public agency must complete training on the requirements of the OPMA & PRA no later than ninety days after the date the member assumes public office and such training must be repeated every 4-years while in office. (RCW 42.30.205; 42.56.150)

Availability: A trustee shall attend no less than 75 percent of the regular meetings scheduled by the board each year. Meetings missed after pre-arrangement with the chair shall not be counted as unexcused absences. Failure to meet the board of trustees’ attendance requirements shall be grounds for removal of a trustee by the town council.

Application: A completed Town Library Board Application must be upload to your website application submission or returned to the Clerk-Treasurer at Town Hall, 375 2nd Street, Cathlamet, WA 98612.


The trustees shall serve without compensation.
The board shall have the power to hire a librarian, set library policy on the mission, goals, and objectives, propose a budget, and perform the duties of governance pursuant to RCW 27.12.190 and 27.12.210, as amended.

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.