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Mayor Barbara Clark

Email: bclark@wallawallawa.gov

Barbara ClarkElected 11/1997
Current Term Expires 12/31/2019

Retired lawyer/mediator

Liaison and voting representative to the following Board/Commission/Committees: Borleske Stadium, Firemen's Pension, LEOFF Board, Volunteer Firemen's Board, Walla Walla County Emergency Management Board, CDBG Consolidated Plan Advisory Group, Sustainability Committee.

Mayor Pro Tempore Tom Scribner

Tom ScribnerEmail: tscribner@wallawallawa.gov

  • Elected 11/2015
  • Current Term Expires 12/31/2019

Council Member Scribner has been an attorney at Minnick-Hayner since 1980. He is a member of the Walla Walla County and Washington State Bar Associations. He currently serves on the boards of the Blue Mountain Audubon Society and the Blue Mountain Land Trust. He has served on the City Council since 2016 and previously served from 1991-1995.

Liaison or voting representative to the following Board/Commission/Committees: Lodging Tax Advisory Committee, Valley Transit, VA Medical Center Task Force, Walla Walla Water Management Baord, Blue Mountain Humane Society, Mill Creek Committee, Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, Hotel and Motel Commission, Library Board, Finance Committee, Hearings Examiner.

Council Member Yazmin Bahena

Yazmin BahenaEmail: ybahena@wallawallawa.gov

Elected 11/2017
Current Term Expires 12/31/2021

Fluent in English and Spanish, Yazmin Bahena is proud to be a first-generation Mexican-American. She feels extremely fortunate to have been born and raised in this community and blessed to live in a vibrant democracy. Yazmin is a Kindergarten teacher at Edison Elementary School, and she taught six years at Green Park Elementary. A lifelong Walla Wallan, she graduated from Walla Walla High School and earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Idaho and a Master’s of Education at Walla Walla University.

Liaison or voting member to the following Board/Commission/Committees: Valley Transit, Downtown Walla Walla Foundation, Civil Service Commission, Historic Preservation Commission, Boards and Commissions.

Council Member Riley Clubb

Riley Clubb

Email: rclubb@wallawallawa.gov

Elected 11/2017
Current Term Expires 12/31/2021

Riley Clubb has a bachelor's degree from Whitman College and a master's in business from MIT. He is a local entrepreneur, having started businesses in Walla Walla ranging from ag tech to virtual reality. If he isn't stuck in a meeting, he is most likely watching a movie with his wife, Melissa, and his son, Malakai.

Liaison or voting member to the following Board/Commission/Committees: Blue Mountain Action Council, Firemen’s Pension, LEOFF Board, Metropolitan Planning Organization, Transportation Improvement Advisory Committee, Volunteer Firemen’s Board, Planning Commission, Visit Walla Walla, Boards and Commissions.

Council Member Jerry Cummins

Jerry CumminsEmail: jcummins@wallawallawa.gov

Elected 11/1991
Current Term Expires 12/31/2019

Jerry is a commercial rated lighter-than-air hot-air balloon pilot with a wife and four daughters. He has continuously served on the Walla Walla City Council since January 1992. He also served four terms as Mayor and three terms as Mayor, Pro-Tem.

In June 2000, he retired from the administrative position of director of Career and Technical (Vocational) Education for Walla Walla School District #140. He supervised 29 certificated teachers and was directly responsible for 15 educational programs.

Previously, he served for eight years as department chair of the Business Education Department at Walla Walla High School and also taught business education subjects.

He holds a bachelor of arts degree in business education and master of arts degree in vocational business and marketing education from Eastern Washington State College, and he completed post-graduate work at Washington State University in vocational administration and school administration.

Jerry served in the U.S. Navy from August 1962 to August 1964 and was honorably discharged. He retired with 23 years of service from the U.S. Navy Ready Reserve in October 1983, having attained the rank of Chief Petty Officer (E-7).

He is a member of the following organizations:

  • First Presbyterian Church, 1972 to present (previously served as elder)
  • Masonic Lodge, #246, Manito, Spokane, Washington, 1962 to present
  • Member, Walla Walla Area Chamber of Commerce, 1983 to present. Served on Board of Directors, 1983-88 and 1994-95
  • City of Walla Walla, city council member and served as Mayor, 1994-95, 1998-2003 and 2013-15; council member 1992 to present
  • Valley Transit (Public Transit) Board Member, 1992 to present. Served three terms as chair and have chaired finance committee from 1995 to present
  • AMVETS Member Port of Walla Walla Economic Development Committee, 1998 to present

Liaison or voting member to the following Board/Commission/Committees: Borleske Stadium Association, Good Roads Transportation Association, Valley Transit, VA Medical Center Task Force, Housing Authority, Finance Committee.

Council Member Myron Huie

Myron HuieEmail: mhuie@wallawallawa.gov

Elected 11/2017 
Current Term Expires 12/31/2021

Transportation Solutions, Human Resources Manager

Liaison or voting member to the following Board/Commission/Committees: Good Roads Transportation Association, Infrastructure Improvement Committee, Criminal Justice Committee, Walla Walla Valley Pioneer and Historical Society, Boards and Commissions.


Council Member Steve Moss

Email: smoss@wallawallawa.gov

Steve Moss

Elected 11/2015
Current Term Expires 12/31/2019

Retired

Liaison to the following Board/Commission/Committees: Solid Waste Advisory Committee; Sasayama Sister City; Cannara Sister City; Parks, Recreation, and Urban Forestry Advisory Board; Planning Commission; Water/Wastewater Advisory Committee, Finance Committee.

City Council members are elected by Walla Walla city voters for four year terms. Members do not have separate wards, but represent all the citizens. Among the Council members, they elect the Mayor and Mayor Pro-Tem for a two year term.

The Council is the legislative governing body for the City. They set policies, adopt ordinances and the annual budget, levy taxes, approve contracts and appoint city advisory boards, commissions and committees and the City Manager and City Attorney.

City Council to hold off-site meetings and community houses in February and March

The Walla Walla City Council holds its regular meetings in its chambers in Walla Walla City Hall, 15 N. Third Ave. However, the Council Chambers will be undergoing renovation during February and March, so the Council will meet off site at local schools during these months.

The meetings will be held on these dates in the cafeterias of these schools, which were selected to represent the four wards in the city:

• Feb. 13: Green Park Elementary School, 1105 E. Isaacs Ave.

• Feb. 27: Walla Walla High School, 800 Abbott Road

• March 13: Blue Ridge Elementary School, 1150 W. Chestnut St.

• March 27: Edison Elementary School, 1315 E. Alder St.

The meetings begin at 7 p.m., and are free and open to the public. They are opportunities for attendees to see how Council members work to represent Walla Walla residents, and observe how the City makes decisions that impact the town.

"The work on the Council Chambers has provided an opportunity not only to move some Council meetings out into different areas of the city, but also to help everyone understand our new ward-based election system,” said Mayor Barbara Clark. “I hope we’ll see some new faces at the meetings."

For an hour before each of these Council meetings, beginning at 6 p.m., the City of Walla Walla will host an open house in the gymnasium of the school where the meeting is taking place. These are opportunities for members of the public to meet representatives from the City Council and each of the City’s departments; to learn about what the departments and officials do to serve Walla Walla’s residents, businesses and stakeholders; and to to find out about ways residents can help influence the city’s present and future by serving on boards and committees.

The open houses and free, family-friendly and open to the public. Limited Spanish interpretation will be available at the open houses, and light refreshments will be provided.

At the open houses, attendees can also learn more about Walla Walla’s ward election system. 2019 marks the first time City Council members will be elected based on wards; this year, voters will elect candidates to represent the West and East wards, plus two at-large members. In 2021, members will be elected to represent the North and South wards, plus one at-large member. 

Current Council members and former candidates will be present to discuss the ward election system, and talk about city government and what is involved in serving on the Council.

Walla Walla County Elections Supervisor David Valiant will be on hand to explain how elections work, and how people who are interested in becoming a Council member or can file to run for office. He will have registration forms available for citizens wanting to register to vote.

“Scavenger hunt” forms will be distributed at each open house. Questions on the forms prompt attendees to speak with City representatives to find answers related to the election system, the City of Walla Walla and the City Council, and provide space for residents to give feedback to the City about their neighborhood. Completed forms can be put in a drawing for a Grab-N-Go emergency-preparedness kit, which will be awarded just before the Council meeting begins.

The Sherwood Trust board provided a $5,000 grant to the City of Walla Walla to support these efforts to engage the community.

“Sherwood Trust welcomes the City’s commitment to increasing the involvement of area residents in city government by conducting outreach into neighborhoods. We encourage residents to join one (or more) of the upcoming City Council neighborhood sessions to learn more about the new electoral system and ways that residents can contribute to city government and the decisions that affect everyone’s well-being,” said Sherwood Trust CEO Danielle Garbe Reser.

“Sherwood Trust’s vision is that everyone in the Walla Walla Valley has a sense of belonging and contributes to a thriving region. Residents can help their communities thrive by participating in municipal government, whether by attending a city council meeting, voting, serving on a committee, or running for office,” Garbe Reser said.

Live Broadcast of City Council Work Sessions and Meetings

Click below to hear live broadcasts of City Council work sessions and meetings. Work sessions are held at 4 p.m. on the second Monday of each month. Meetings are held at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month. Tune into this audiostream during those times to hear proceedings.


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Meeting schedule

The City Council meets at City Hall, 15 N. 3rd Ave., at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month. In November and December, the Council meets on the first and third Wednesdays

Proceedings

  • Mayor calls the meeting to order.

  • Presentations and Communications, for items such as proclamations and certificates.

  • Mayor asks for public comments on items not on that evening’s agenda.

  • Consent items include minutes, bid awards, licenses. These items are acted on with a single vote.

  • Active items require Council’s formal action. Resolutions express Council’s policies or authorize the signing of agreements. Ordinances, more formal than resolutions, set the law for the city. Each item is discussed and voted on individually. If interested, the public may speak on individual items (unless it is a closed-record public hearing).

  • During Council Member Meeting Reports, they tell each other about meetings they have attended since the last regular Council meeting.

  • Unfinished and New Business includes reports from the City Manager and new issues raised by the Council or City Manager.

  • During Executive Session, the Council meets behind closed doors to discuss personnel, collective bargaining, real estate matters, or litigation.