Richland City Hall is closed to the public until further notice. Residents can place utility payments in the drop box located on the southwest side of the building. Payments and requests for service can also be made on-line, by emailing or by calling (509) 942-1104.

Building department and planning applications, including plan submittals, will be accepted electronically. Contact 509-942-7794 or for more information. 

Phillip Lemley was born in southwest Arkansas. Growing up in Little Rock, he attended the University of Arkansas-Little Rock. During that time, he served eight years in the United States Marine Corps Reserves (USMCR).

Phil moved to Richland, Washington, in 2002 from Denver, Colorado after working and living all over the world, including the tropical island Penang, off the coast of Malaysia, south of Thailand.

Bechtel National Inc. sent him to Richland as a part of the electrical engineering group designing the Vitrification (vit) plant for the Department of Energy (DOE). Phil has over 40 years’ experience in the communications industry including engineering, construction, project management, and multiple system ownership in the telephone and cable television industry.

At the vit plant, he was the responsible engineer for the plant-wide communications / security network and chaired two safety councils, numerous American Red Cross blood drives, three United Way campaigns and a Washington State Department of Transportation’s Adopt-a-Highway clean-up program. He retired in 2009.

Phil's past service within the community includes the Richland Police Department’s Volunteers in Police Service, Executive Board of the Directors - Blue Mountain Council of the Boy Scouts of America, District Chairman of the Rattlesnake Ridge District of the Blue Mountain Council of the BSA, Benton Franklin American Red Cross Board of Directors and First Tee of Columbia Basin Board of Directors.

Present civic duties include Board of Directors of the Tri-Cities Residential Services Inc., Board of Directors, Benton Franklin Community Action Committee, Visit Tri-Cities Board of Directors and the Richland Police/Fire Pension Fund Board of Directors. He also serves on the Washington State Council on Aging and Disabilities Advisory Board, the SE Washington Aging and Long Term Care Council of Governments and The Rotary Club of Richland-9 years now, as well as, the Advisory Board to WA State Chapter of the Nature Conservancy.

His liaison duties now include Richland Utility Advisory Committee, Richland Planning Commission, Richland Arts Commission, Benton Franklin Community Action Committee, Benton Franklin Council of Governments and Richland Seniors Association. He has served in the past as liaison to both the ports of Benton and Kennewick, the Richland Housing and Community Development Board, the Richland Parks and Recreation Commission and the WA State Transportation Partnership in Seattle.

He also volunteers at the Kadlec Medical Center Emergency Room, every weekend and the Tri-City Food Banks every Monday.