City Manager, City Attorney and City Clerk

250 Madison Street Ste. 2,
Port Townsend, WA 98368
Business Hours: 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday

City Manager: Under the direction of the City Council, the City Manager directs and controls the overall operations of the City. The City Manager is the only employee hired by the City Council and is responsible for the following:

  • Appointing and/or dismissing all department heads
  • Being accountable to residents for the efficient and effective operation of city government
  • Enforcing all laws and ordinances
  • Facilitating the City Council strategic planning activities
  • Keeping the City Council informed of the City's business and financial condition
  • Making recommendations on financial and operational policies
  • Preparing and recommending the City's annual budget
  • Providing leadership and oversight for all of the City's departments
  • Serving as the City’s liaison for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) matters.

City Attorney: The City Attorney's Office represents the City in its day-to-day operations. The City Attorney acts as legal adviser to the City Council, the City Manager and all officers, departments and boards of the City. The City Prosecutor is responsible for the prosecution of all violations of City Code.

City Clerk: The City Clerk oversees the City Council's agenda and business meetings, retains the official record of all formal meetings of the City Council, acts as the custodian of the City seal and official City records, and codifies all Ordinances into the Municipal Code. The City Clerk also serves as the City’s Public Records Officer.

Public Records

(1) RCW 42.56.070(1) requires each agency to make available for inspection and copying nonexempt "public records" in accordance with published rules. The act defines "public record" to include any "writing containing information relating to the conduct of government or the performance of any governmental or proprietary function prepared, owned, used, or retained by the agency. RCW 42.56.070(2) requires each agency to set forth "for informational purposes" every law, in addition to the Public Records Act, that exempts or prohibits the disclosure of public records held by that agency.