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JC Harris For Des Moines
P.O. Box 13094 Des Moines, WA 98198



City Of Des Moines

Directions: 21630 11th Avenue S, Suite A Des Moines, WA 98198
Phone: (206) 878-4595
Web Site:

Communication Policies

Public Records

Please note that all communications are public record, in accordance with State Of Washington law.

All Council Messages

You can send a message to all councilmembers in one fell swoop my emailing When you do this the City Clerk is automatically cc’d. They will you a response indicating that the email has been received and will add the contents to the list of public comments for the next City Council Meeting.
The day of city council meetings, the Clerk prepares a PDF with all the comments, which she then sends to all councilmembers for review. So, all seven of us get two shots at reading every email we receive. So we really do see what you write.

My personal email policies

This is my personal approach.
  • If you send an all-council email with an issue on the current meeting agenda, I assume it is public comment and I generally will not reply–because I would not reply to public comment from the dais.
  • If you send an email to on some other topic or make a request or some other action item, I will usually reply unless it’s something that should obviously be handled by staff–which the City Clerk automatically passes off to the proper individual.
  • If you send any other communication, either here or by emailing I will always reply (well, at least once) and if appropriate then hand it off to staff.


Public Comment during COVID-19

If you want to make public comment for a City Council Meeting you can do so:
All comments must be received no later than 4:00 p.m. day of the meeting.
Note: You can also comment by phone.. However, you still gotta use a computer and Zoom to connect to the meeting. You do this as follows:
  • Connect to Zoom
  • Select the ‘Phone’ option
  • Then call the phone number on yer computer screen
Now wait yer turn like it’s a call-in radio show. (Remember those?)