The City of Ocean Shores operates under the Mayor/Council form of government. The City Council consists of seven members with both the Mayor and Council elected every four years. Ocean Shores operates on a 2019 budget of $58,563,549 with 93.19 FTE’s. The City offers a full range of services from 10 departments including the Mayor’s Office, Finance/City Clerk, Police, Fire/EMS, Public Works, Human Resources, Library, Court, Convention Center, and Facilities & Maintenance.
The Public Works Department provides services including Parks, Litter Control, Engineering Services, Street, Water, Sewer, and Stormwater, operating with an overall budget of $19.1 million per year with 36.32 FTEs. The Engineering Department of Public Works coordinates Engineering services for the City and its Departments including capital improvement projects, infrastructure maintenance, all mapping services and GIS projects.
Under the general direction of the Public Works Director, the City Engineer is responsible for all professional and technical municipal engineering related activities, and for the design, preparation of plans and specifications, and construction of capital improvement projects. The City Engineer also ensures compliance with City codes, ordinances, and engineering practices and standards, administering consultant contracts, coordinating policy issues through the director and supervising assigned personnel.
Developed in the 1960’s, the City of Ocean Shores has become one of Washington’s most popular retirement and resort destinations. Ocean Shores is situated on a 9.3 square mile peninsula at the mouth of Grays Harbor, Washington - the only deep-water port on the Pacific coast north of San Francisco. Ocean Shores offers six miles of sandy beaches extending north another fifteen miles, all the way to the community of Moclips. The City also enjoys twenty-three miles of interconnecting lakes and canals, plus scenic bayside properties. The community is home to nearly 6,000 full time residents and experiences roughly 5 million visitors annually attracted by over 1,300 oceanside overnight accommodations offering fireplaces, swimming pools, spas, and full kitchens.
Nearby recreational opportunities include world-class bird watching, exploration of the 1,226 acre Oyhut Wildlife Recreation Area and Protection Island, year-round fresh water, salt water and surf fishing, clamming in season, whale watching, camping at Ocean City State Park, kite flying, sandcastle building, moped rentals, horseback riding on the beach, beachcombing, boating, playing at the Quinault casino, and every visitor’s favorite pastime - simply walking on the beach. The City also offers an eighteen-hole championship golf course, many intriguing shops and restaurants. With 120 miles of streets, exploring Ocean Shores by car, bicycle or one of the many rental mopeds or pedal vehicles is always an adventure. Winter in Ocean Shores is perfect for relaxing in front of a roaring fire with a good book while the winter storms and crashing waves rage outside your window, and visiting the North Jetty where wildlife is abundant and the spray from huge waves hitting the rocks shoots sea spray twenty feet into the air.
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