The city of Washington is proud of its progressive attitude and array of high-quality public services and resources available to its residents. Operating under a Mayor-Council form of government, the city is overseen by a mayor, and a six-member city council.
The current courthouse, originally built in 1887, continues to be a haven for justice in the county. Washington County is governed by a five-member board of supervisors. Also housed in the recently renovated courthouse are the offices of the County Auditor, Treasurer, Recorder, Attorney and Clerk of Court. The Historic McCreedy Building, located adjacent to the courthouse, contains the offices of the County Engineer and Assessor.
Public safety is ensured through the Washington Police Department, which is comprised of 12 sworn officers, including a K-9 officer and two administrative assistants. City police are on-hand night and day in order to protect and serve the community at-large. Washington is also served by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, which oversees the area’s 911 dispatch, records administration, civil process, disaster services, as well as the modern Washington County Jail. The new jail opened for use in January of 2008 and boasts a long list of state-of-the-art features.
With four full-time members, supplemented with more than 30 volunteers, Washington’s Fire Department is available for a variety of services 24/7. For further aid during a crisis, Washington offers the volunteer-based First Responders who are on-call 24 hours to assist in area emergencies. Washington is also equipped with a local paramedic level ambulance service.
Washington continuously sustains its earliest town motto, “The Cleanest City in Iowa,” through a score of initiatives throughout the year. Year-round curbside recycling has been in effect since 1989, with the joint city/county recycling center operating all year to dispose of appliances and large items. A bulky item sticker may be purchased at City Hall for removal of large items placed on the curb on the regular garbage pick-up day all year long. Each fall, Washington operates a leaf vacuum throughout the city, along with providing a yard waste removal program from spring to fall. Washington also sponsors an annual clean-up day in the spring, which offers free removal of most items brought curbside for trash pick-up.