Office of the Hearing Examiner | Rules of Procedure for Hearings
These Rules of Procedure are established pursuant to Tumwater Municipal Code, Chapter 2.58, to help secure the fair and efficient conduct of matters subject to the City’s administrative hearing system. The Hearing Examiner has jurisdiction over a wide variety of specific matters identified in Chapter 2.58 TMC. From the standpoint of procedure, these fall into two major categories:
- Pre-Decision Hearings
Pre-Decision Hearings are proceedings for gathering public testimony and documents to be used in making a decision on an application. Appeals are proceedings for gathering testimony and documents from specific parties to be used in making a decision on a claim which seeks to overturn or change a decision the City already has made.
Because of the inherently different functions performed by Pre-Decision Hearings and Appeals, the procedures for the two differ. The major difference is in the level of public involvement. In Pre-Decision Hearings, testimony from the general public is sought. A feature of each hearing is to solicit the views of any citizen who wishes to be heard. Appeal hearings, by contrast, involve specific identified parties; usually the appellant, the City and the applicant (if different from the appellant). In appeal hearings, each party is responsible for his or her case and those testifying are usually only those persons called as witnesses by one of the parties. The public is normally allowed to attend, but public testimony is not taken.
View the full version in Rules of Procedure (full version, 21 pages)