City Manager's Office

The City Manger's office includes the City Manager, Community Engagement Manager and the Communications Specialist.

City Government

Washougal operates under the Council/Manager form of government effective November 27, 2018, with the passage of Proposition 8. The City is organized into five operating departments, including:

  • Community Development
  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Police
  • Public Works

Fire and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) services are provided by the Camas-Washougal Fire Department, administered by the City of Camas.


Under the direction of the City Manager, the administrative team:

  • Carries out policies established by the City Council
  • Provides leadership to all city departments
  • Assesses community needs and develops strategies
  • Leads interdepartmental planning efforts
  • Works collaboratively with regional partners and state government

city manager role
The City Manager is responsible for oversight of the daily activities of the city and directs administrative operations; coordinates the efforts of department directors; represents the city in engaging with citizens, business and community groups, and other public organizations; and advises the City Council on matters of policy impacting the Washougal Community.

David scott BACKGROUND
Dave became the city administrator in the spring of 2010. Prior to coming to the city of Washougal he was the Development Review Services Director for the City of Vancouver, Washington, for eleven years, and the Building Official for the City of Tigard, Oregon, for 6 years.

He started his professional career with six years as a structural plans examiner and in other administrative positions for the City of Los Angeles. He also served four years as adjunct faculty at Chemeketa Community College in the Building Inspection Technology program.

Dave holds a BS in Structural Engineering from the University of California, San Diego and a Masters of Public Administration from The Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University. A registered professional engineer in Washington, Oregon and California, Dave is a member of the International City Management Association and the Washington City Management Association, serves on Clark County’s Urban County Policy Board and Public Health Advisory Committee, is a former president of the Oregon Building Official’s Association, former vice-chairman of the State of Oregon Structural Engineering Committee and served four years on the International Code Council’s Structural Committee developing the structural provisions of the International Building Code.