Mayor Brent Gerry is currently serving his second four-year term which commenced on January 1, 2018. His first term commenced on January 1, 2014. Mayor Gerry previously served on the West Richland City Council for four years from January 2010 to December 2013. Mayor Gerry is a strong advocate of citizen participation in the City government. Feel free to contact Mayor Gerry anytime.
About the Mayor Position in West Richland
The governmental structure of West Richland is a "Mayor-Council" form organized pursuant to Chapter 35A.12 of the Revised Code of Washington.
The Mayor is elected to a four-year term of office. The Mayor is the chief executive and administrative officer of the City in charge of all departments and employees. The Mayor is responsible for seeing that all laws are enforced and order is maintained in the City. The Mayor presides over all meetings of the City Council, and when present at those meetings, has a vote only in the case of a tie in the votes of the Council members. He reports to the Council concerning the affairs of the City and its financial and other needs and makes recommendations to the Council to consider on the passage of laws, resolutions, and other action. The Mayor prepares and submits to the Council a proposed biennial City budget, as required by State law.
The Mayor is the official and ceremonial head of the City and serves as the City's representative in interactions with other local and state governments, as well as federal and foreign governments. He is the City's official spokesperson and represents the City on ceremonial occasions such as dedications, groundbreakings, and similar formal functions. He is also an ad hoc member of all City Council Committees.
The Mayor is responsible for appointing citizens to the Planning Commission, Park Board, Board of Adjustment, Civil Service Commission, and other ad hoc committees as needed. View the West Richland Organizational Chart (PDF).