Historic Preservation Commission

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Historic Preservation Commission

The Historic Preservation Commission is authorized under TMC 2.62.040 to advise the City Council on matters of Tumwater history and historic preservation. The major responsibility of the Commission is to identify and actively encourage preservation of the City's historic resources by initiating and maintaining a register of historic places and reviewing proposed changes to register properties; to raise community awareness of the City's history and historic resources; and to serve as the City's primary resource in matters of history, historic planning, and preservation. 

The Commission is responsible for submittal of nominations to the State and National Registers of Historic Places and serves as the local review board, making determination concerning the eligibility of historic properties for special valuation and verifying that the improvements are consistent with the Washington State Advisory Council's Standards for Rehabilitation and Maintenance. 

Terms & Residency

This commission consists of seven members, serving terms of three years. Members are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council. Residency requirements are exempt for two positions per TMC 2.62.040, to ensure that at least two representatives are from the professional disciplines specified in the ordinance. 

 Commissioners   Term Expiration
1. David C. Shipley, Chair    10/31/2020
2.VACANT    10/31/2018
3. Marnie Slakey, Vice Chair
4. Don Trosper    10/31/2018
5. David Nicandri (Professional)
6. Alex Rossiter
7. Michelle Sadlier (Professional)

Staff Contact

Chuck Denney, Parks & Recreation Director, cdenney@ci.tumwater.wa.us, (360) 754-4160

Historic Preservation Commission Meetings 

Meetings are scheduled every other month on the third Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers (map). Visit the City Calendar for the current meeting schedule.

2018 Meetings

Date Meeting Type Agenda Minutes 
January 18, 2018 Meeting Cancelled

Past Meetings

For your convenience, meeting records from the past year are available on the City's website located here: 2017 Historic Preservation Commission Meetings. For meeting records from prior years, search the Tumwater Records Center


Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodations provided upon request, with reasonable, adequate notice. Contact the City Clerk at cityclerk@ci.tumwater.wa.us or call (360) 754-4130.