Elected Officials


Dale Jacobson

Mayor

Term Exp.: 12/31/2021

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Robert Stowe

Council Position No. 1

Term Exp.: 12/31/2023

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Bill Wainwright

Council Position No. 2

Term Exp.: 12/31/2023

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Vacant

Council Position No. 3

Term Exp.: 12/31/2023

David Olson

Council Position No. 4

Term Exp.: 12/31/2021

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Laurel Waller

Council Position No. 5

Term Exp.: 12/31/2021

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Vacancies


Town Council - Position No. 3 - Cathlamet, WA, USA

The Town of Cathlamet is accepting applications to fill a vacancy on the Cathlamet Town Council for Position No. 3. The term of office will begin immediately upon appointment and continue through December 2023 or until after the general election is certified.

The appointed person shall serve in this position until a qualified person is elected in the 2021 General Election to fill the 3-year unexpired term. Any applicants that wish to run for the 3-year unexpired term, must file with the Wahkiakum County Auditor’s Office in May 2021 during filing week to be on the ballot.

To Apply: Complete an official ​Town Council Vacancy Appointment Application​​​ and return it to Town Hall; email to our Clerk-Treasurer; or uploaded here by clicking Apply Now.
Must be a resident and registered voter in town-limits. Attendance at regular Town Council meetings is required. Special meetings may also be called periodically and Councilmembers may serve on committees and boards as a liaison for the Town.
Councilmembers are compensated $50/month and otherwise do not receive any other benefits.
The town council is the legislative authority of the town and has the power to enact laws and policies, consistent with state law, needed or desired to regulate local and municipal affairs within the jurisdiction of the town or its service areas.

The council has specific authority to: enact a town budget; impose fines and penalties for the violation of city ordinances; enter into contracts; provide governmental, recreational, educational, cultural and social services; approve claims against the town; grant franchises for the use of public ways; and license, for the purpose of revenue and regulation, most any type of business.
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Government Structure


The Town of Cathlamet operates under a strong Mayor form of government with 5 Councilmembers each serving 4-year terms.  Positions are staggered so that not all council members come up for election in the same year. The structure of the Mayor-Council Plan of Government is specified by the State of Washington Revised Code of Washington (RCW) Title 35.27 RCW, "Towns". The Mayor is the Chief Executive Officer of the Town, in charge of carrying out the policies set by the Town Council, and also chairs the council meetings. The Mayor is not a council member, but can vote in some special circumstances. The Town Council is the legislative authority of the Town and has the power to enact laws and policies, consistent with state law, needed or desired to regulate affairs within the jurisdiction of the Town or its service areas. Regular Council meetings are held on the (1st) first and (3rd) third Monday of each month, at 6:00 pm, in the DeBriae Meeting Room of the Fire Hall located at 255 2nd Street in Cathlamet, WA. If the meeting falls on a state holiday, the meeting shall take place the following day at the same time and place. *Please note: all meetings will be held via Zoom until further notice. Meeting ID: 789 428 4989 & Password: 418781. Liaison positions are individually selected by the Town Council. Comments made by the liaison do not represent the opinion of the entire Town Council, Mayor or staff. We do recommend that citizens with questions contact the Councilmember (or Staff) with the liaison role they are inquiring about, as that will be the person with the most information on that subject or department.

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