County & City Elected Officials
Clark County Council
The Clark County Council was reformed in November 2014 by the advent of the County Charter. This added two (2) members to the council - a countywide Council Chair, and a fourth district councilperson. The latter was done by changing the previous 3 districts into four districts. Now primary and general election of each district councilperson is via their district electorate. The County Council Chair is elected county-wide.
Clark County is home to 8 incorporated cities and several unincorporated communities including Orchards, Amboy, Hockinson, and Brush Prairie. Each city in Clark County offers a unique experience from dining and shopping to beautiful outdoor recreation. Visit any of the websites below to learn more!
La Center’s 3,044 Residents and daily visitors enjoy an abundance of wildlife and outdoor activities in the city’s rolling hills, unspoiled wetlands and parks. The 12-acre City of La Center Park hosts a community building, ball fields, play area and a pathway for walking or jogging. Heritage Park, located in the northern part of the City, is a beautiful greenbelt area offering a play area and walking paths. The Elmer Soehl Park also offers respite to walkers and a playground for youngsters.
Camas is Clark County’s second largest populated city with 20,490 residents. From its origins over 100 years ago as a paper-mill town, Camas has expanded, developed, and successfully blended a mix of cultures, values, and vision. These ideals have been instrumental in promoting diverse economic growth, encouraging community oriented neighborhoods, and protecting historical landmarks and recreational amenities. Prioritizing the quality of life for all residents has made Camas a truly unique community.
Vancouver, Washington is Clark County’s largest city with over 165,489 residents. Birthplace of the Pacific Northwest, Vancouver celebrates over 150 years as an incorporated city. Vancouver has a distinguished heritage and rich history, most notably for being the center of all fur trading in the Pacific Northwest. Vancouver boasts a beautiful downtown area including Esther Short Park and a wide variety of outdoor parks and recreation that span from Vancouver Lake to the Harmony Sports complex in the east.
Battle Ground is located in northern Clark County and boasts a growing community of 18,044 residents. Battle Ground has grown considerably over the last 10 years, but still retains the charm of its agricultural roots. Visitors can enjoy the Old Town district next to the historic Andersen’s Dairy, then travel less than half a mile to the new Battle Ground Village complex which features an innovative mix of business and residential living. Battle Ground has 18 City parks, along with miles of trails to explore in the greater Clark County area.
Ridgefield is located in northern Clark County and is a growing community with 5,260 residents. Ridgefield maintains a small-town feel with a business friendly environment. With the picturesque 5,150 acre Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge as its backyard, Ridgefield's rolling hills, tranquil setting, and old-fashioned downtown create a welcoming "Main Street America" charm.
Washougal is located in southeastern Clark County on the banks of the Columbia River and is home for 14,584 residents. The Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area borders Washougal to the east and is a popular destination for tourist and wind surfers. The Washougal River, which joins the Columbia, is noted for its excellent fishing and summer swimming. Washougal is also known worldwide as a popular motor cross destination attracting thousands of visitors every year.
Woodland is located in Northern Clark County and is considered the southern gateway to Mt. St. Helens. The city is geographically divided by the Lewis River and is located in both Clark and Cowlitz Counties. This growing community has a population of 5,540 residents with about 10,000 residents in the surrounding area. Woodland is home of the famous Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens and the annual celebration of The Lilac Festival.
The small town of Yacolt is nestled in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains in the shadow of Mt. St. Helens. Yacolt is on the Scenic Route in North Clark County and has a population of 1,612 residents. Yacolt boasts country living with easy access to the cities of Vancouver and Portland. Yacolt schools are in the Battle Ground School District and it is home to North Clark Little League. In 2008, the town celebrated its 100th anniversary as an incorporated town.