City Council

Yelm City Council represents the needs and interests of the citizens of Yelm.  The seven-member Council establishes policy for the city, adopts the annual budget, and represents Yelm's interest on regional boards and commissions.

Council meetings are held at 6 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month in the Council Chambers at Yelm City Hall, 106 2nd St. SE.  Community members are encouraged to attend all meetings and each agenda dedicates time at the beginning for public comments, questions, or concerns. 

The current Council agenda and past meeting minutes are posted under Minutes & Agendas. The upcoming agenda is posted no later than the Friday before the meeting.


James Blair

Position 1
2020 – 2023 Term
(360) 400-5055 
Councilmember Blair was elected in 2019.

 Committee and Liaison Assignments                               
 Yelm Finance Committee                                          
 Yelm Homelessness Task Force, Vice Chair
 

Joseph Richardson
Position 2
2022 – 2023 Term 
(360) 400-5055 

josephr@yelmwa.gov  
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Councilmember Richardson was appointed by the City Council in 2022 to fill the vacant position.
 
Committee and Liaison Assignments
Yelm Finance Committee                                          
Liaison to Yelm Senior Center
Solid Waste Advisory Committee (SWAC)
Thurston Regional Planning Council - Transportation Policy Board

Joshua Crossman
Position 3
2021 - 2025 Term
(360) 400-5055 
joshuac@yelmwa.gov
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Councilmember Crossman was elected  in November 2021. 
 
Committee and Liaison Assignments
Yelm Public Services Committee, Vice Chair
Yelm Homelessness Task Force, Chair

Holly Smith

Position 4
2021 – 2025 Term
(360) 400-5055 
hollys@yelmwa.gov 
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Councilmember Smith was appointed by the City Council to fill the vacant position in 2021 and elected  in November 2021. She currently serves as Mayor Pro Temp.
 
 Committee and Liaison Assignments

Yelm Public Safety Committee, Chair
TCOMM 911
SE Thurston Fire Authority
Thurston County Law and Justice Council


Brian Hess

Position 5
2022 – 2025 Term
(360) 400-5055 
brianh@yelmwa.gov
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Councilmember Hess was elected in 2021.

Committee and Liaison Assignments
Yelm Public Services Committee, Chair
Yelm Public Safety Committee
Intercity Transit Authority       
Regional Housing Council (RHC)

Ashley Brooks
Position 6
2022 – 2023 Term 
(360) 400-5055 

ashleyb@yelmwa.gov
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Councilmember Brooks was appointed by the City Council in 2022 to fill the vacant position.

Committee and Liaison Assignments
Public Safety Committee, Vice Chair
South Thurston Economic Development Initiative (STEDI)
Yelm Emergency Operations Board
Thurston Thrives Coordinating Council

Terry Kaminski

Position 7
2018 – 2025 Term
(360) 400-5055 

terryk@yelmwa.gov
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Councilmember Kaminski was elected in 2017.

 Committee and Liaison Assignments
 Yelm Public Services Committee
 Yelm Finance Committee, Vice Chair
 Nisqually River Council