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Thurston City Of Yelm Mayor

The mayor shall be the chief executive and administrative officer of the city, in charge of all departments and employees, with authority to designate assistants and department heads. He or she shall see that all laws and ordinances are faithfully enforced and that law and order is maintained in the city, and shall have general supervision of the administration of city government and all city interests. The mayor essentially serves as both the leader in name of the city, and the day-to-day active city manager.
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Phone (360) 458-8508
Email mayorjwfoster@gmail.com
Town where you live Yelm, WA
Experience (300 characters max) 5 years in the Marine Corps, 34 years as a firefighter/paramedic. 5 years Yelm Planning Commission. 6 years Yelm City Council. Certified Municipal Leader by the Association of Washington Cities.
I was serving on the city council when the previous mayor resigned. I stepped up to be the interim mayor. I was immediately successful in creating a more favorable work environment for the city employees and in creating a more open and accessible city government. After just a few months in office, I realized that there was much more work to do. I am in a unique situation in my life now to be able to commit to the job full-time and do the right thing for Yelm.
Managing growth while providing services. Repairing and upgrading our water and waste water facilities. Controlling traffic going through Yelm on Hy 507.
Managing growth. Many want to move to Yelm, but we are constrained by water connections allowed by the state. In order to provide services for all our citizens, we need to build our economy by continuing to grow responsibly.
Our seniors are in a vulnerable point in their lives, especially if they have not saved enough to be independent during their later years. The community has a responsibility to ensure there are services readily available and accessible. We have a commitment already to support our local senior center and will continue to support organizations that support seniors.
All are welcome in Yelm. We do not discriminate, nor do we actively look for proof of citizenship until an individual enters into the legal system through actions of their own. At that point, we will abide by the laws of the United States and the State of Washington.
Although the city is not responsible for improving state highways, the congestion on state hwy 507 as it passes through Yelm is at the point of being a safety issue. Our waste water treatment facility needs a major upgrade.
We continue to study the issue and are looking to join in regional solutions while locally providing food, shelter and other services as best we can.

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