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Vision, Mission & Beliefs

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Tumwater City Council (Revised March 2020)

Our Vision

Tumwater of the future will be people-oriented and highly livable, with a strong economy, dynamic places, vibrant neighborhoods, a healthy natural environment, diverse and engaged residents, and living connection to its history.

Our Mission

In active partnership with our community, we provide courageous leadership and essential municipal services to cultivate a prosperous economy, a healthy natural environment, vibrant neighborhoods, and a supportive social fabric.

We Believe in P-E-O-P-L-E


We respect the diverse people that makes up the social fabric of our community and strive to be inclusive of all people. We value and seek to strengthen our vibrant neighborhoods, that are cornerstones of civic life and community identity. As we pursue our goals and the long-term sustainability of the City organization, we value the contributions and diversity of our staff, support their continued personal and professional growth, and act to retain their expertise for the good of the community.


We strive for excellence and integrity in providing City services. By providing quality services, being responsible and efficient stewards of public resources, and empowering employees to achieve excellence, we continue to build public trust and encourage civic involvement. We know that excellence does not have to come at the price of our sense of community or our small city character.


We seize opportunities to improve our community’s social, environmental, and economic well-being. We endeavor to realize positive opportunities in adverse situations and periods of change. 


We work collaboratively with residents, businesses, and community organizations. We also actively partner with other jurisdictions to address regional, state, and even broader issues.


We are a learning organization which strives to benefit from past experience, foresight, and innovation to seek new ways to enhance the community and improve City operations and services.


We act to preserve and enhance the natural environment and the social fabric of our community. 

Tumwater Vision, Mission & Beliefs PDF file