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The Council's Committee of the Whole (COW) includes all nine councilmembers. It considers issues of interest to the entire council, including appointments to the state legislature and department directors and key subordinate units in the executive branch; the annual legislative program; legislation before the federal, state and local governments that affect King County; the King County Strategic Plan; oversight of Harborview Medical Center; solid waste including waste to energy; arts and culture and associated levies, if any; the Puget Sound Taxpayer Accountability Account; gun safety; the immigrant and refugee commission; issues related to the census; the charter review commission; homelessness, including the King County Regional Homelessness Authority;the Best Starts for Kids levy implementation plan; COVID-19 pandemic response, excluding supplemental appropriations; and other program and policy matters.  The committee of the whole shall conduct town hall meetings on issues of significance.

PUBLIC NOTICE: The Committee of the Whole meetings will be held virtually until further notice. To help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus the Chambers will be closed and all committee members and staff will be participating in the meeting remotely.

HOW TO PROVIDE PUBLIC COMMENT: The Committee of the Whole values community input and looks forward to hearing from you on agenda items.

There are two ways to provide public comment:

  1. Written public comment: You may comment in writing on agenda items by submitting your comments using the link below. If your comments are submitted before 8:00 a.m. on the day of the meeting, they will be distributed to the committee members and appropriate staff prior to the meeting. 

    Click Here to Submit Written Public Comment or email

  2. Oral public comment: You may provide oral comment on agenda items during the meeting’s public comment period by connecting to the meeting via phone or computer using the ZOOM application and the meeting identification and password below.  

    You have the right to language access services at no cost to you. To request these services, please contact our Language Access Coordinator, Reeni Nair at 206-477-4978, or by 8:00 a.m. the day prior to the meeting.

    You are not required to sign up in advance. Comments are limited to items on the agenda. 


Meeting ID: 869 7245 6907

Password: 619834

If you do not have access to the ZOOM application, you can connect to the meeting by calling 1-253-215-8782 and using the meeting ID and password above. Connecting in this manner, however, may impact your ability to be unmuted to speak.

HOW TO WATCH/LISTEN TO THE MEETING: There are several ways to watch or listen in to the meeting

  1. Stream online via this link:, or input the link web address into your web browser

  2. Watch King County TV Channel 22 (Comcast Channel 22 and 322(HD), Wave Broadband Channel 22)

  3. Listen to the meeting by telephone – See “Connecting to the Meeting” above

To help us manage the meeting, if you do not wish to be called upon for public comment please use the Livestream or King County TV options listed above, if possible, to watch or listen to the meeting.

Meeting Times: 9:30 AM on the first and third Wednesday of each month

Committee Membership

Chair: Joe McDermott
Vice Chair: Reagan Dunn
Members: Claudia BalducciJeanne Kohl-Welles, Rod DembowskiKathy LambertDave Upthegrove, Pete von ReichbauerGirmay Zahilay

Committee Staff:
Lead Staff: Jake Tracy
Committee Clerk: Marka Steadman

Meeting Materials for the Committee of the Whole

Listed below are the meeting materials for the Committee of the Whole. The meeting materials available before each meeting are combined into one PDF document and posted below under Meeting Agendas and Materials. On occasion, not all materials will be available before the meeting. Additional materials for the meeting are posted as they become available.

(If links are not displaying below, you may access agenda materials at

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