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The Community Services Department consists of several key functions within Edmonds city government: Communications, Human Services, Intergovernmental Relations, and Special Projects. 

Communications

Communication with and engagement of the public is a cornerstone of Edmonds city government. In collaboration with the Mayor’s Office, City Council and other City Departments, the Community Services Department manages media releases and media contacts, manages the City’s social media presence, and works to create comprehensive, accessible and transparent engagement of the public in the operations of city government. See the Communications page for more details.

Human Services

Starting in 2020 the City of Edmonds created a Human Services program and hired a Human Services Program Manager. This program is intended to serve Edmonds residents in need of assistance, guidance, and help finding resources across a variety of issues for the wide demographic spectrum that comprises our city. Since the COVID-19 outbreak the Human Services program has had a particular focus on helping connect those individuals and families that are financially or housing-stressed with local and regional resources that can help. See the Human Services page for more details.

Intergovernmental Relations

Relations with other governmental entities is a key line of business for this department. The two most important levels of government interaction are with our Congressional delegation and the State government. The City interacts directly with the members of Congress who represent Edmonds, as well as other Congressmembers working on issues of importance to Edmonds. In Olympia we employ a professional lobbyist who not only keeps the Mayor, City Council and staff updated on a daily/weekly basis when the Legislature is in session, but monitors important issues and seeks our engagement throughout the year. Each Fall the City Council approves the City’s official Legislative Agenda for the following year’s Session.

Special Projects

Special projects arise every year and may either be cross-departmental projects or projects of a unique nature. Often this Department takes a leadership role with such projects.

Human Services Contacts

FOR INFORMATION ON LOCAL AND SNOHOMISH COUNTY RESOURCES CONTACT:
Mindy Woods, Human Services Program Manager

mindy.woods@edmondswa.gov
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25-563-8348

Patrick Doherty, Director
patrick.doherty@edmondswa.gov
425-771-0251

Cindi Cruz, Program Coordinator
cindi.cruz@edmondswa.gov
or 425-775-7724