Council Legislation

Ordinance No. 2022-25

Title: An Ordinance of the Pierce County Council Amending Chapter 1.06 of the Pierce County Code, "Official County Flag," to Rename the Chapter Title and Establish a Flag Display Policy.

Status: Passed

Sponsors: Councilmembers Ryan Mello, Jani Hitchen

Final votes

April 19, 2022
Nay Nay Nay Aye Aye Aye Aye

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Public Comments

Name Date Comment
Tara Mitra 4/5/22 7:35 PM The ONLY flag that should be flown on any Government building is the American flag that represents ALL Americans in this country. Stop trying to divide us!
Brian Hammer 4/5/22 8:52 PM American Flag is the only flag that be in any form of a government building! This would be dividing people! It needs to stop!
Amber Belanger 4/18/22 1:25 PM This feels like an attempt to allow any other flag, other than the American flag and POW flag to be displayed. The proposal states "other" and is not specific, leaving too much open for interpretation. This proposal is not aimed at representing all, it is a underlying attack to divide us all. There is already a flag display policy in place and it does not need to be woke. Furthermore, this is not NATO, we are talking about our schools, libraries, and courthouses - lets keep people's personal opinions and beliefs out of these spaces, they are not warranted.
JENEEN BRESHEARS 4/19/22 11:52 AM As a 21-year Army Veteran, I oppose any legislation that undermines the values that have been a part of our heritage for hundreds of years. ALL Americans can look to the American flag for comfort and strength. The blood, sweat, and tears of people of every color and creed has been shed to protect our freedoms in America. If you want to start putting up a flag for every individual's feelings, there is no flag pole long enough. The American flag, the state flag, and the POW/MIA flag should remain the standard.
Daniel 4/19/22 12:00 PM My family and I do NOT support this proposal.
Lance 4/19/22 2:38 PM We are opposed to any modification or changes to the current flag policy for Pierce County. The proposal to change the current flag policy is another social engineering attempt by the racial liberal members on the Pierce County Council. There should only be three flags authorized for display: the American flag, the Washington state flag, and the POW/MIA flag. A change of flag policy would create a free for all that anyone could fly and promote their sexual preference, political perspective, religious beliefs, or personal lifestyle flag of choice. That is stupid and absurd. Why is the Pierce County focus on more important things like fixing roads and infrastructure, solving traffic and crime issues, and fixing the homeless and graffiti issue that is plaguing our communities. Stop with your stupid leftist political ideology and start fixing our communities. Taxpayers deserve better leadership and representative government than this.
Scooter 4/19/22 2:59 PM There is no valid reason or purpose to change the current Flag policy of Pierce County. Changing the flag policy opens up Pandora’s box. Pierce county council and government needs to stay out of the political, religious, lifestyle, sexual preference, realm of flag displaying. Any proposal to change the current flag policy of Pierce County reeks of political agendas and personal bias.
Nancy D. Slotnick 4/19/22 3:02 PM I strongly oppose this proposal. The County- City Building is an official government building and the flags displayed there should not represent any organization, ideology, or special interest. Flags are powerful symbols and to display these flags on a government building is inherently divisive. We must remain focus on what unifies us and reject symbols which can be potentially divisive. If we are going to allow flags other than the United States Flag, Washington State Flag, and the POW/MIA flag, it should be specifically codified and not left to the whims of whomever is elected to the County Council at that time. A good example of a government organization that did so recently is the Department of Defense, which put out a new, detailed policy in July of 2020. That policy can be found for review at