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David Shelton 1890David Shelton
(1812-1897) ca. 1890

Named after David Shelton, a delegate to the Territorial Legislature, the town was originally known as Sheltonville in the later 1800s. Shelton was designated as the County seat in 1888 and was incorporated in 1890.

Shelton’s early commerce consisted primarily of logging and lumber, farming, dairying and ranching as well as oyster cultivation. Without question, logging and lumber milling have been the economic foundation of Shelton.

As you approach the City, glimpse the quiet harbors and homes along the pristine shoreline and the densely forested hills. The community is rich in history, culture, and natural beauty. Located just 35 minutes northwest of Olympia on the shores of Oakland Bay at the southern most tip of Puget Sound residents and visitors alike enjoy the Shelton community.

The City of Shelton includes 6.11 square miles and 10,700 residents. While the City has increased in population of late, the City has managed to preserve its friendly aura and natural environment.

Shelton is the last City in Washington to utilize the Mayor/Commission form of government. The Commissioner in “Position One” wears the title of Mayor and has the same authority as the other Commissioners. The Mayor works with the City Administrator in setting the Commission Meeting Agendas, chairs the meetings, and acts as the ceremonial head of the City.

The Commission continues to enjoy long term stability with all three Commissioners being re-elected to serve more than one term. Each Commissioner is statutorily responsible for the oversight of an area of administration which includes Finance, Public Works/Community and Economic Development, and Public Safety. Each Commissioner endeavors to be more informed on issues relating to their area of responsibility. The Commissioners are in agreement that the entire Commission will be involved in taking action and providing administrative direction.

The City has 104 employees and nearly a $50 million operating budget. The City provides a wide range of municipal services including: City Administration, City Clerk, Community and Economic Development, Finance, Municipal Court, Fire, Police, and Public Works. Also offered are services such as: Water & Sewer, Solid Waste, and Parks & Recreation.