Local Government

The City of Kennewick has operated under the Council - Manager form of government since 1954. Central to the Council - Manager form of government is the belief that the separation of the policy making function and the administrative function increases efficiency and effectiveness of local government operations. Therefore the Council, elected by the citizens and accountable to them, is responsible for establishing policies, approving the budget, setting goals, and selecting a City Manager.

In turn, the City Manager serves at the direction of the Council, is accountable to them, and is responsible for accomplishing these goals within the established budget through the proper performance of management duties.
  1. City Attorney

    The City Attorney is the legal advisor to the City Manager, administrative staff, and City Council.

  2. City Clerk

    The City clerk is responsible for agendas and minutes, public records requests, claim for damage, providing a platform for public records searches.

  3. Code Enforcement

    Review information related to reporting and understanding the Codes in your community.

  4. Community Planning

    The Community Planning Department oversees all building, land use and development activity within the City of Kennewick. The department is comprised of Long Range Planning, Development Services and Building Safety Division.

  5. Economic Development

    Business is booming in Kennewick. Browse our community profile and find a local property so you can start your business here.

  6. Finance & Budget

    The Finance Division is responsible for the accounting, treasury functions, budgeting, reporting and fiscal controls of the City.

  7. Fire & Ambulance

    Stay safe with fire prevention tips and learn how to contact our department to set up inspections, tours, or safety talks.

  8. GIS Mapping

    Explore an interactive map of Kennewick and download GIS data.

  9. Human Resources

    Human Resources supports the City's mission, values and strategic objectives by helping to attract, retain and motivate effective, customer oriented employees.

  10. Parks & Recreation

    City of Kennewick takes pride in the park and recreational facilities available for residents and visitors. Reserve a facility or sign up for local activities. Life is fun in Kennewick.

  11. Police

    The Kennewick Police Department is devoted to our community by providing excellence in police services. We are committed to you safety.

  12. Public Works

    Locate information about the Utility, Water, Sewer, Garbage and Recycling services.