Public Records

​​​​City of Bellingham elected officials and staff are proud to work in Washington State, where for decades aggressive “sunshine laws” have preserved an essential democratic principle: the people’s right to know.

This principle is respected in daily operations throughout the city government. Employees at all levels meet the legal requirements of the law to provide people with access to city government records.

Accessing Records

One of the many ways we ensure city government remains open and accessible is by providing access to city databases on our website. You will find a wealth of information including:

Complete an online request on the City’s public records portal to access additional public records:

Resources

Contacts

Contact the City Public Records Officer for general public records inquiries.

Use the corresponding department contact information to reach a records coordinator for a specific department.

DepartmentRecords Coordinator
City AttorneyAlison Henshaw
City CouncilNalini Margaitis
FinanceAndy Asbjornsen
Fire and Emergency Medical ServicesLisa Brogan
Human ResourcesRenee Mueller
Information Technology ServicesLiam Walsh
LibraryWendy Jenkins
Mayor’s OfficeBrooksana Raney
Municipal CourtKasie Wagner
Parks and RecreationJustin Shields
Permit CenterRobin Eldore, Cindy Bravo
Planning and Community DevelopmentFiona Starr
PoliceBrandi Nyhus
Public WorksBecky Fager, Iris Kaneshige
Whatcom MuseumCharles Marcks
What-Comm (9-1-1)Alysn Everbeck

We are adjusting some City operations due to the current COVID-19 surge, prioritizing essential services and the safety of employees and the public.