Purpose of the Hearing Examiner
The independent Hearing Examiner conducts hearings to apply general policies and regulations adopted by the City Council to specific proposals or situations. These Rules are to help secure the fair and efficient conduct of matters subject to the City's administrative hearing and appeal system. The underlying concern is to ensure that the essentials of due process: notice and opportunity to be heard, are an integral part of every hearing conducted.
The intent of the Hearing Examiner is to insure that every hearing provides participants a fair opportunity to be heard. In all hearings, the oral testimony is taken under oath or affirmation. The proceedings are voice recorded so that a written transcript can be prepared, if necessary.
The Examiner is concerned not with the popularity of a matter presented but whether it meets the requirements of the applicable code, policy or regulation. The examiner's decision or recommendation must be based on the record of the proceedings before the examiner.
The Hearing Examiner has jurisdiction over specific matters identified in City codes and ordinances, including without limitation RMC 19.20.030 and RMC 23.46.025 , as currently written or as may subsequently be amended by the Richland City Council.
Matters Subject to Appeal Hearings
Appeal hearings shall be held on all matters within the jurisdiction of the Hearing Examiner as
set forth in Chapter 19.20 of the RMC or other applicable ordinances.
Additional information about the Hearing Examiner Rules of Procedure are available here.
Past Case Files