City Committees

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Board of Elections (BOE)

The Board of Elections was established with the charge to oversee the election procedures and the voting rights within the City of Mount Rainier.


Community Emergency Response Team

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for the hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. CERT offers a consistent, nationwide approach to volunteer training and organization that professional responders can rely on during disaster situations, which allows them to focus on more complex tasks.


Design Review Board (DRB)

The Mount Rainier Design Review Board (DRB) is established to advise and assist the Council on design-related issues including but not limited to, fence, retaining wall, public plantings, construction proposals, building alterations, and regulations of design issues.  Members of the DRB consist of five (5) City residents who are appointed by council with at least one member being an architect.


Ethics Committee 

Interprets the Ethics Article of the City Code; reviews Financial Disclosure Statements; issues of Advisory Opinions. The Ethics Committee also aims to hear and decide any complaint regarding an alleged violation of the Ethics Ordinance, to ensure that public officials and employees perform their duties with only the best interests of the City and its residents in mind.


Mixed Use Town Center (MUTC)

The Town Center Design Review Committee is the official name given to a group of municipal representatives, residents, and business/property owners who review applications for, and make recommendations on, exterior renovations and new development in Mount Rainier’s Mixed-Use Town Center Zone. This zone extends along Rhode Island Avenue from the city limits at Eastern Avenue into the 3400 block, and along 34th Street from the 3700 block into the 4000 block; it also includes part of Bunker Hill Road.


The Green Team

The Mount Rainier Green Team works to create a healthier, more livable and sustainable city for the residents, businesses and the community. We believe we can achieve sustainable outcomes through community participation. The Green Team works to leverage the energy and leadership of the residents of the City to decrease their environmental footprint and create a better future for all. We work on issues related to recycling, trash clean-ups, clean waterways, native plants, improved parks, community education, composting, plastics reduction, and many others! We meet the second Monday of every month from 7:00 to 9:00pm in the Community Room of the Mount Rainier Police Department at 3249 Rhode Island Ave. For more information, meeting agendas and minutes, and an up-to-date calendar please visit or email


Tree Commission

The City of Mount Rainier Tree Commission is a voluntary body composed of residents in Mount Rainier. The Tree Commission has four main functions: 1) educating residents about trees; 2) planting trees; 3) advising the city on maintaining and improving the tree canopy, and 4) reviewing tree removal permits for public city trees.  The Tree Commission consists of at least five (5) and no more than seven (7) members, all residents of the City of Mount Rainier, appointed by the Mayor with approval of City Council.

Click here to view City of Mount Rainier Urban Forest Chapter of the City Code

Tree Commission website: Visit to get information on the tree commission, the Mount Rainier Tree Inventory, announcements of upcoming meetings and events, and minutes from past meetings


Recreation Committee

The Mount Rainier Recreation Committee aims to facilitate multi-generational recreational opportunities in the areas of sports, appreciation of our natural environment and the arts. The committee supports the work of activity specific recreational committees and ad hoc interest groups as needed. The Committee is the steward for the City of Mount Rainier recreational resources insuring that residents have full access and take full advantage of our neighborhood treasures.


Scholarship Committee 

The charge of the Mount Rainier Scholarship Committee is to oversee the annual scholarship and to ensure the timely and fair disposition of scholarship funds.  The committee is also charged with publicizing and soliciting applications and making decisions based on the applicants’ responses. Applications are now open! Find out more here.