City of Selah
- Council, Position 1
- Council, Position 3
- Council, Position 4
- Council, Position 5
- Council, Position 6
- Council, Position 7
- Description of Office
4 year term
My vision for Selah is to continue to eliminate debt and responsibly manage City assets.
Police and fire fighting will continue to have my closest attention as well as the safety of our residents.
I will continue to support responsible growth, and we will see improvements to long overdue sewer lines in the older parts of Selah.
Our youth are our future. My goal for the next four years is to have our high school involved in City Council.
I am proud to be your Mayor, and look forward to an additional four years of service to this grand city.
Council, Position 1
2 year unexpired term
It is an honor to have been selected to serve on the Selah City Council. I will continue to work with my fellow council members on behalf of the citizens of Selah. I will seek out different ideas to improve our downtown area, the improvement of our streets, sidewalks and parks. I am interested in strategic growth that benefits our community while maintaining our small-town community. I look forward to the challenges ahead of us by working with the Selah staff, community groups, organizations and the community.
Council, Position 3
2 year unexpired term
Jeremy currently serves the people of Selah as a Councilman (Position 3). He served six years in the United States Army Reserves. He is a graduate from Eastern Washington University with B.A. in Government and a J.D. from Gonzaga University School of Law. He worked for two years a law clerk with the United States Attorney’s office for Eastern Washington and is currently a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for Yakima County. Jeremy is married to his wife Kiersten and has two young children John and Emily.
Council, Position 4
4 year term
Clifford Peterson is running for Selah City Council simply because he believes in giving back to the community. There is no hidden agenda or grandiose plan, he just wants to be a part of keeping Selah moving into the future as a great place to live and raise a family. His commitment to community is exemplified by his past or current involvement with Selah Parks Foundation, Selah Downtown Association, Selah Community Days, Washington State Centennial Committee, and previously serving two terms on the City Council in 1990’s. He believes in transparency in government and involving community citizens and civic organizations.
As a lifetime resident of the Valley and a 13 year resident of Selah, I wish to give back to our City by serving as your representative on the City Council. If elected, I will serve with an open mind prepared to take on the challenges of the City. I will act in an ethical manner emphasizing transparency and government accountability. I will prioritize health and safety issues and good business practices. My desire is that we continue to cherish and preserve our heritage and sense of community while moving ahead to assure a prosperous future for our City.
Contact: 509-952-6630; email@example.com
Council, Position 5
4 year term
Roger L. Bell
If you want honest dedicated representation for the community of Selah, then vote for Roger Bell for City Council Position 5. I have the education, experience and desire to serve you in city government.
I am a graduate of Eastern Washington University with a degree in Business Management; with continued course studies in transportation and logistics. I have over 40 years of management experience more than half being in senior management positions. Throughout my career I have been active in community service and have served on several boards.
My Goals: Being consistently responsive and financially accountable for you.
Contact: 509-728-2467; firstname.lastname@example.org
Having lived in Selah or its environs for my entire life, my roots are deep. I am excited to participate in future growth planning, assuring infrastructure, Police and Fire protection, safety and health needs are met. Future needs for recreational opportunities for all ages, green spaces and a healthy environment are special interests. A long history in public service has given me extensive experience in development, managing and evaluating public programs. Transparency in government, honesty and integrity are strong personal values. Selah is a
wonderful community. Let's keep it that way.
Council, Position 6
4 year term
Selah is a fantastic community that I’m proud to call home, and I’m passionate to bring my business experience to City Council! Serving on the County Development Association and the County SIED Board I see our Valley continue to grow. That growth, if not managed properly, can come at great cost. I want Selah to move forward in a fiscally responsible manner, while maintaining our community feel. I believe limited government working within its means can maximize and support our critical infrastructure needs. I am committed to represent the citizens of Selah in a fair, equal and transparent manner.
Contact: 509-834-3338; email@example.com; www.electdavekearby.com
Council, Position 7
4 year term
I served in the Armed Forces from December 1976 to December 1979. With the military college benefits I earned a BS Business Finance degree from WSU. I gained employment with the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) writing farm business loans. I retired from my banking career on February 28, 2018. I now have a business with New York Life assisting families with financial security. My financial knowledge, skills and abilities will serve me well to effectively serve the city and citizens of Selah. The social and economic well being of Selah and its’ citizens will be my focus.
Contact: 509-580-9087; firstname.lastname@example.org
"As the incumbent, my hope is that my track record of standing up for what community members want is the prevailing reason to vote for me and not just name recognition. My family and I love this community. I commit to continually trying to assess each concern, issue, or project from a neutral and unbiased perspective to help responsible growth for our community."
In Washington cities and towns, the council, as the legislative body, are authorized to levy taxes and must furnish police and fire protection. They establish local laws and policies, consistent with state law, usually through the enactment of ordinances and resolutions; and also exercise general oversight and control over the city’s finances, primarily through the budget process. They may require and issue licenses for the purpose of regulations and/or revenue; may grant various franchises and acquire and operate certain types of public utilities. They may enact zoning ordinances, and may purchase, lease, condemn, or otherwise acquire real and personal property for city purposes. It is ordinarily the council’s function to create subordinate positions, prescribe duties and establish salaries.
Cities are generally classified on the basis of population. In some instances, the powers and obligations of the municipality are determined by the class to which it belongs.
Under the Optional Municipal Code, any city or town, regardless of population, may select to become a non-charter code city and be governed under the Optional Municipal Code rather than under existing statutes relating to the class of city to which it belongs. Cities organized under the Optional Municipal Code must adopt either the mayor-council or council-manager plan unless the city was previously organized under the commission form of government.Types of City Government:
There are three principal forms of government used by Washington cities: 1) mayor-council, 2) council-manager and
3) commission. The basic difference between the three forms of city government is the placement of responsibility for the administration of the city and the relationship of the administrative officer to the legislative or policy-making body to the public. Non-Charter Code Cities in Yakima County include: Grandview, Granger, Mabton, Moxee, Selah, Sunnyside, Tieton, Toppenish, Union Gap, and Zillah. Yakima is classified as a 1st Class City with a charter; Wapato is classified as a 2nd Class City; Harrah and Naches are classified as 4th Class Cities or Towns.
Basic to a council-manager system is the belief that the policy-making and administrative functions of the city should be separate. Therefore, the council, which determines city policies and is politically responsible for its actions, selects a city manager who serves as the chief administrator of the city. The manager is accountable to the council for the proper performance of his/her duties and serves at the pleasure of that body.
In some Washington council-manager cities, the mayor is chosen biennially from among the city council members at the first meeting of the new council. In other cities of the council-manager type, the voters choose the presiding council officer. The mayor retains all the rights, privileges, and immunities of other council members, presides at meetings, is recognized as the head of the city for all ceremonial purposes and by the governor for the purposes of military law. However, the mayor does not have veto power or any regular administrative duties. In an emergency, and if so authorized by the city council, the mayor takes command of the police, maintains law, and enforces order.Mayor-Council Cities (Grandview, Granger, Harrah, Mabton, Moxee, Naches, Selah, Tieton, Wapato, Zillah):
The mayor is the chief administrative officer. In addition, he/she is the political head of the city, and as presiding officer of the city council, is active in the development of city policies. Thus, he/she is responsible both for determining policy and for seeing that the policy is carried out.
A variation of the mayor-council form of government present in Washington cities involves allowing the council to override many of the mayor’s decisions. The development of public policy, under this form, is primarily the responsibility of the city council, and the job of the mayor is one of coordination rather than leadership.