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.

Arts Commission

Sumner Arts Commission is a group of dedicated volunteers whose mission is to improve citizens’ quality of life through art experiences and contribute to the aesthetic environment of the City. Programs include Music Off Main, Movies Off Main, Write in the Valley, and more. Members serve four year terms.

Sumner Arts Commissioners: Emily Browning-Cray, Judy Caviezel, Ben Haines, Donna Hardtke, Michael Hochstatter, Sue Larson, Rom LaVerdiere, Jacob Loden, Dustin Madden, Annmarie Mathews, Anita Miller, Adrian Navarro, Courtney Shore

Staff Contact: Lana Hoover, Community Engagement 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, David Meshke, Joleen Peterson, Randy Radniecki, Jeanne Walter

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

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, Margo Stewart, Dennis Tompkins

Staff Contact: Derek Barry, Public Works Manager, 253-299-5714,

Planning Commission

The Planning Commission advises the City Council on issues related to the City’s Comprehensive Plan.  The Commissioners deal with land use issues and provide input on capital facility planning and special studies related to the areas and neighborhoods within the City. The Commission is made up of seven residents of Sumner, each of whom serve six-year terms. Click here to view the Planning Commission’s agenda packets and meeting minutes.

Commissioners: Cynthia Bush, Andy Elfers, Josh Hamilton, Lora Butterfield, Greg Mintz, Amanda Robbert, Sam Suznevich

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, Courtney Shore, Kim Straight, Trevor Sutton, Councilmember Cindi Hochstatter (chair)

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 Arnold, 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.