Sumner’s volunteer commissions provide advice and input to the City Council on key areas.

Attending a Meeting

Commission meetings are open to the public.  If the work of one commission interests you, consider joining a meeting or two.

Upcoming calendar of meetings & participation info.

Archive of past meeting agendas & minutes.

Cultural Arts Commission

The Sumner Cultural Arts Commission is a group of dedicated volunteers whose mission is to improve improve the community’s quality of life by uniting long-time residents, new residents and visitors, through the vibrancy and common language of art and creative experiences. Programs include Music Off Main, Nights on Ryan, Write in the Valley, and more. Members serve four year terms.

Sumner Cultural Arts Commissioners: Emily Browning-Cray, Judy Caviezel, Ben Haines, Donna Hardtke, Michael Hochstatter, Sue Larson, Jacob Loden, Dustin Madden, AnnMarie Mathews, Courtney Shore, Sheila Mellen, Michelle Wells

Staff Contact: Lana Hoover, Community Relations Specialist, 253-299-5781,

Design Commission

The Design Commission provides advice to City officials on the implementation of the City of Sumner Design and Development Guidelines. They encourage and promote good design as a vital part of the community. The majority of their membership represents design professions such as engineering, architecture, planning, construction, and landscaping. They serve four-year terms.

Commissioners: Cheryl Ebsworth, Brian Franchini, Joleen Jones, Jeanne Walter, Kirsten Martinson, Scott Fletcher

Staff Contact: Scott Waller, Associate Planner, (253) 299-5527,

Forestry & Parks Commission

The Forestry & Parks Commission provides advice to the City on issues related to Sumner’s parks, recreational facilities, cemetery, trails, trees and planting strips.  Members promote the responsible planting of trees and are responsible for developing and implementing the Urban Forestry Strategy plan as well as the requirements to fulfill our Tree City USA status. Members serve four-year terms, and a majority of the membership must be residents of the City of Sumner.

Commissioners: Ben Bridges, Theresa Haase, Matthew Kenna, Dennis Tompkins, Andy Elfers, Michael Huffington, Amelia Dexter, LaTeefah Johnson, Matt Hoard, Jennifer Crawford, Ashli Austin

Staff Contact: Derek Barry, Community Services Manager, 253-299-5714,

Planning Commission

The Planning Commission advises the City Council on issues related to the City’s Comprehensive Plan, zoning and regulations. The Commissioners deal with land use issues and provide input on land use planning, capital facility planning and special plans for neighborhoods, supporting economic vitality and livability in the community. The Commission is made up of five residents of Sumner plus two non-residents, each of whom serve four-year terms. Click here to view the Planning Commission’s agenda packets and meeting minutes.

Commissioners: Andy Elfers, Mark Issacs, Carla Bowman, Kelly Locke, Sharon Fochtman

Staff Contact: Ann Siegenthaler, Associate Planner, 253-299-5520,

Civil Service Commission

Per RCW 41.12 – Civil Service for City Police, this commission performs all duties and obligations as required per State law.  These duties include but are not limited to approvals of various employment lists, testing/promotional methods, conducting hearings, investigations, demotions, suspensions and separations (Ord. 431 § 1, 1937. Prior code § 1.16.010). Terms vary from two to four-years. Click here to review Sumner’s Civil Service Rules.

Commissioners: Brian Anderson, Michael Carnahan, Eugene Hammermaster

Staff Contact: Jeff Steffens, Administrative Services Director, 253-299-5592,

Lodging Tax Commission

Per State law, this commission reviews and provides input on how the 2% occupancy tax charged of visitors staying in Sumner’s hotel/motels is used to generate further tourism. Participants must include one councilmember, two representatives of organizations that benefit from tourism and two representatives of properties that generate the tax (hotels).  Participants serve one-year terms.

Commissioners: Dean Burke, Kim Straight, Trevor Sutton, Jill Starks

Staff Contact: Carmen Palmer, Communications Director, 253-299-5503,

Salary Commission

Every few years, the Salary Commission forms to set the salary for Sumner’s elected officials. Commissioners review other cities, make comparisons and set the rate for the coming years.

Commissioners: Kris Coppin, Mike Cathey, J.R. Jacobsen

Staff Contact: Jason Wilson, Administrative Services Director, 253-299-5592,

How to Apply

The City accepts letters of interest in these positions at any time. Please fill out the Commission Application Form on the Public Records and Forms page and submit it to the City Clerk.  Or, you can send letters of interest to Mayor, City of Sumner, 1104 Maple Street, Sumner, WA 98390-1423.

Thank you for your interest and participation in these boards and commissions.

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