Council Guidebook
City of Olympia, Washington

This guidebook was adopted by the Olympia City Council at a public meeting. The Guidebook is intended to be a working document that is a guide for Council actions and practices. It is expected that some laws, policies and ways of doing business will change over time and that this Guidebook will be amended.

The most current, signed version of the Council Guidebook is filed with the Olympia City Clerk. A copy is posted on the City of Olympia website under the City Government/City Council section,

Olympia City Council

Olympia City Hall

601 4th Avenue E

Mailing address:

PO Box 1967

Olympia WA 98507-1967

City Council Email:


Olympia, Washington City Council Guidebook

Approved: November 17, 2008

Amended: February 10, 2009

Amended: August 11, 2009

Amended: December 14, 2010

Amended: December 2, 2011 (non-substantive changes only)

Amended: April 10, 2012

Amended: December 4, 2012

Amended: May 21, 2013

Amended: December 23, 2013 (non-substantive changes only)

Amended: February 2, 2016

Amended: February 14, 2017


Signed: Cheryl Selby - signed copy on file with City Clerk

February, 14, 2017

Cheryl Selby, Mayor



In the course of serving as a public official, you will become involved with many issues. This manual attempts to centralize information on common practices related to local government and your role as a member of the Olympia City Council. The Guidelines and issues addressed in this publication are often complex and subjective.

Use this guide only as a reference; it is not intended to establish law. Many formal policies that impact the City Council are included in the Appendices. However, it is not possible for this guide to incorporate all material and information necessary for undertaking Council business. Many other laws, plans, and documents exist which bind the City Council to certain courses of action and practices.

This guide is intended to be a helpful resource, and should not be used as a substitute for the guidance or opinion of the City Attorney.

Information contained in this guide will be reviewed by the General Government Committee as needed, or every two years in conjunction with orientation for new City Councilmembers.