The Hearing Examiner decides all land use applications that require a public hearing and hears appeals from administrative decisions. The Examiner is appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council.
Yelm’s Hearing Examiner is Stephen K. Causseaux, Jr. of the law firm McCarthy & Causseaux. Mr. Causseaux, Jr. was born in Savannah, Georgia. He attended the University of Tennessee and received his Bachelor's Degree in History in 1965 and his Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree in 1967. He was admitted to the practice of law in Tennessee in 1968 and in Washington in 1972. Stephen was stationed at Fort Lewis, Washington, from 1970 to 1972, where he served in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps. He served as Claims Officer and Chief Prosecutor and advised commanders on various aspects of military law.
He began working as a Pierce County deputy prosecuting attorney in 1972, where his duties included defending the County in civil actions. Stephen is currently a partner of McCarthy &, Causseaux, which he helped form in 1977. As hearing examiner, Stephen has worked closely with both city and county councils in implementing and interpreting new regulations to include the Growth Management Act and the 1995 Regulatory Reform Act. Through his hearing examiner work, he has become very familiar with the State Subdivision Act, Washington Administrative Code, county and municipal land use regulations, and court land use decisions.
The most recent Hearing Examiner agenda can be viewed in the City's public notices.