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 starting out by sitting in on a meeting or two. Click here for a full calendar of meeting dates and times.
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, Fran Jones, Sue Larson, Rom LaVerdiere, Jacob Loden, Dustin Madden, Anita Miller, Leah Oren, Courtney Shore, Marsha Vandenberg
Staff Contact: Lana Hoover, Community Engagement Specialist, 253-299-5781, firstname.lastname@example.org
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: David Meshke, Joleen Peterson, Randy Radniecki, Rhiannon Sanchez, Jeanne Walter
Staff Contact: Ann Siegenthaler, Associate Planner, 253-299-5520, email@example.com
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, Andy Elfers, Theresa Haase, Matthew Kenna, Gene McCaul, Warren Peloli, Margo Stewart, Dennis Tompkins
Staff Contact: Derek Barry, Public Works Manager, 253-299-5714, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Staff Contact: Eric Mendenhall, Senior Planner, 253-299-5526, email@example.com
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.
Commissioners: Brian Anderson, Michael Carnahan, Eugene Hammermaster
Staff Contact: Jason Wilson, Administrative Services Director, 253-299-5592, firstname.lastname@example.org
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: Sue Larson, Jasvin Schroeder, Kim Straight, Jackie Walls, Councilmember Cindi Hochstatter (chair)
Staff Contact: Carmen Palmer, Communications Director, 253-299-5503, email@example.com
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.