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Meeting Cancellation Notice

Jefferson County Commissioner Regular Meeting scheduled for Monday, October 3, 2016 is cancelled.

Please be advised that this is your 24 hours' notice.

If you have any questions, please call (360) 385-9100.



2017 Lodging Tax/Tourism Promotion

Call for Proposals

The Jefferson County Lodging Tax Advisory Committee is accepting proposals from government agencies and non-profit organizations for tourism-promotion to be provided during calendar year 2017 and paid for from the County’s lodging tax fund.

Packets for 2017 TOURISM PROMOTION SERVICES to be funded by the Jefferson County Lodging Tax are available here.

Under Jefferson County guidelines, ONLY NON-PROFIT AND GOVERNMENT AGENCIES ARE ELIGIBLE to propose services to be funded by the Jefferson County Lodging Tax.




A Joint Meeting with Jefferson County Board of Health and Jefferson Healthcare Board of Directors has been called for Thursday, September 29, 2016. The time of this meeting is 2:00pm – 4:00pm. It will be held at the Cotton Building in Downtown Port Townsend, 607 Water Street, Port Townsend, WA 98368

The purpose of this meeting is to discuss and approve the Jefferson County Community Health Improvement Plan.



Emergency Management Director

Jefferson County is accepting applications for the position of Emergency Management Director. The Emergency Management Director is responsible for organizing, planning, managing, and directing the activities of the Department of Emergency Management, including all aspects of disaster mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery for all of Jefferson County in cooperation with the City of Port Townsend, first responders, and an active network of 150 citizen neighborhood preparedness organizations. The position also coordinates continuity of operations planning for county departments, and training to county employees on proper response to workplace emergencies.


Salary up to $77,774 DOQ with full benefits.  This is a management position.  Download a position brochure, application and job description from the Employment link at:


To apply, submit a cover letter, resume and completed application to:

email:   ; or

delivery/USPO: Jefferson County Administrator’s Office

1820 Jefferson Street

P.O. Box 1220

Port Townsend, WA 98368.


First review of submitted applications is on September 26, 2016 – position open until filled. Jefferson County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



Burn Ban in Effect for All of Jefferson County. All outdoor burning

All outdoor burning to include campfires, pits and use of charcoal briquettes, is banned in all areas within Jefferson County. Any outdoor burning is illegal.


EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY – AND UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, a burn ban will be in effect for all outdoor burning, INCLUDING RECREATIONAL FIRES, PITS AND THE USE OF CHARCOAL BRIQUETTES, within Jefferson County, as recommended by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Jefferson County Board of Fire Chiefs and the Jefferson County Fire Marshal. Any outdoor burning is illegal.


As of August 17th, 2016 Commissioner Peter Goldmark of the Department of Natural Resources AMMENDED the previous BURN BAN issued on July 2, 2016, banning all outdoor burning with exception to camp fires and the use of charcoal briquettes. The amended burn ban now bans all outdoor burning including camp fires and the use of charcoal briquettes on all state lands.


For more information about fire danger in Jefferson County, please contact East Jefferson Fire Rescue or go to East Jefferson Fire Rescue’s web site  Additional information may be available from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources.  




Request for Proposal

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners is announcing the availability of 1/10th of 1 percent sales tax funds for community grants in 2017, (see authorizing statute RCW 82.14.460). This grant opportunity is intended to maintain, create, or enhance local services and programs overseen by the Jefferson County Mental Health/Substance Abuse Advisory Committee.

Funding for this program comes from the Jefferson County 1/10th of 1 percent sales tax collected for mental health and substance abuse programs, (ordinance No. 08-1003-05). The anticipated total amount available in 2017 is $378,186, depending on revenue projections. The contract term will be from January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017.



North Pacific Coast Marine Resources Committee (NPC MRC) VACANCY – Jefferson County Citizen


North Pacific Coast Marine Resources Committee (NPC MRC) REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS



Summer Chip Seal Program for 2016
2016 Road Chip Seal Program Information



Notice of Road Maintenance Operations

The Jefferson County Road Maintenance Division will begin their annual lane striping on Tuesday, July 5, 2016. Work is anticipated to be completed by September 30, 2016. Motorists should expect minor traffic slowdowns or delays on County roads during this period.

Lane striping operations typically consist of two vehicles traveling single file, separated by approximately 300 feet. The lead striping vehicle will spray-paint the roadway center line and edge lines. A sign will be mounted on the rear of the follow-behind vehicle warning drivers against passing the striping vehicle and interfering with painting operations.


NO TRAFFIC IS ALLOWED BETWEEN THE LEAD PAINT STRIPING VEHICLE AND THE FOLLOW-BEHIND VEHICLE. Jefferson County and the striping contractor will not be responsible for paint removal on vehicles that travel within the wet paint zone between striping operation vehicles. Fresh paint can be very difficult to remove from your vehicle. Drivers in the vicinity of lane striping operations are cautioned against driving on any painted lines. New paint is typically dry enough to drive on by the time the follow-behind vehicle passes any freshly painted stripes. Questions may be directed to the Jefferson Co. Dept. of Public Works, 623 Sheridan St., Port Townsend, WA 98368. Phone: 360-385-9160 or 360-385-0890.



Jefferson County Noxious Weed Control Board is looking for volunteers!

Noxious weeds are a major ecological threat and have a severe detrimental effect on the economy. Controlling these weeds greatly supports your local natural areas (forests, meadows, or watersheds), the accompanying wildlife (salmon, deer, or bees), and the local economy (farmers, orchards, or forestry).


The Jefferson County Noxious Weed Control Board has an increased budget and staff this year and aims to play a much more impactful role in noxious weed management from here on out. One of our main goals is to set up a large volunteer base which we could call upon whenever high priority infestations cannot be controlled otherwise.


If you are interested in signing up to be on our volunteer list and receive notifications for weed control events please contact the Weed Board Coordinator Joost Besijn by email at or call (360) 379-5610 ext. 205.



Solid Waste Advisory Committee Vacancy

The Jefferson County Board of County Commissioners is seeking a citizen volunteer from District 1 for membership on the Solid Waste Advisory Committee.  District 1 is comprised of Port Townsend and adjacent areas to Cape George Road.  The SWAC meets six times per year to assist with program development and policies concerning garbage disposal, recycling, hazardous waste, composting, solid waste education and planning.  The Committee reviews and makes recommendations on plans, policies and ordinances prior to adoption by County Commissioners.  Persons with interests or a background in solid waste programs are strongly encouraged to apply with a letter of interest addressed to the Board of County Commissioners, P.O. Box 1220, Port Townsend, WA 98368.  This is a non-paid position.  Contact Tom Boatman at 385-9213 or visit
for more information.

Clean Water District Advisory Board
Jefferson County Public Health is soliciting applications from residents of County Commissioner District 3 to serve on the Clean Water District Advisory Council. If you are interested in assisting the county with the protection and restoration of water quality and shellfish resources in Jefferson County, please see the Clean Water District page here.




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