Meet Your City Council


Rich Elliott is currently the Mayor of the City of Ellensburg. His tenure as a member of City Council began in 2008. He is the Deputy Fire Chief of Kittitas Valley Fire and Rescue. Rich began his career in fire service as a fire fighter at the City of SeaTac Fire Department and worked there for ten years before joining the City of Ellensburg Fire Department as a Captain. In 2006, when the City of Ellensburg Fire Department merged with Kittitas County Fire District #2, Rich held the position of Fire Chief with the City of Ellensburg.

Deputy Chief Elliott has an Associate Degree in Fire Command Administration from Bellevue Community College, a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Washington and a Master of Science in Organizational Development from Central Washington University.

Deputy Chief Elliott is active in Wildland Fire Policy, the State Mobilization process, IFSAC certification and regional ICS training. He is a Senior EMT Instructor for Kittitas County and Training Center Faculty for the American Heart Association.

Rich has been married to his wife, Jeanette, for 28 years. Their son, Bryan, graduated from EHS and CWU, and is currently active duty military, assigned to JBLM. Their daughter, Amelia, is a senior at EHS and will enter CWU in the fall of 2017.
Since 2001, Nancy Lillquist has served on the Ellensburg City Council. She graduated with a degree in Geography from Central Washington University, then went on to earn a master degree in Water Resources Management from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, working in Oregon and Utah before settling in Ellensburg. Currently, Nancy chairs the city’s Utility Advisory Committee and Lodging Tax Advisory Committee, and Kittitas County Developmental Disability Committee. She also serves on the Yakima Basin Fish and Wildlife Recovery Board and is the council liaison to the Environmental Commission. Nancy has led efforts to improve biking and walking in the city. She and her husband own Lillquist Rentals in Ellensburg.
Bruce Tabb is past City of Ellensburg Mayor, and currently serves as a City Council Member. His service on city council began in 2007 when he oversaw the revision of the city’s Land Development Code. Presently, he chairs the Public Transit Advisory Committee and the Community Center Committee; too he is past chair and board member of the Ellensburg Business Development Authority. Mr. Tabb works as the Executive Director of Elmview, a private non-profit serving people with developmental disabilities.
Mary has worked in real estate brokerage in Washington state for over forty years; the past 18 years here in Ellensburg. She has had her own office here now for more than 10 years. Mary began her service as City Council member in 2011. She works as council liaison to the Arts Commission as well as the Library Board and is the Council appointed representative to KittCom, and the Council of Governments. She has also served on the Kittitas County Noxious Weed Board and has recently been appointed to the Bureau of Land Management Resource Advisory Council for Eastern Washington. In her spare time, she is avid about her native garden, loves to spend time exploring the shrub steppe and fishing.
Jill was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia where she earned her Master of Arts degree from the University of Victoria. In April 2017, Jill started in the position of Executive Director of the Kittitas County Event Center, and is the recent past Executive Director of the Kittitas Environmental Education Network. She serves as the Senior Conservation Director for Forterra, and recently started a consulting firm, Sage Consulting Group. Jill has served as Ellensburg City Council Member since 2010, and is council liaison to the Utility Advisory Commission, Senior Center Advisory Commission, and Chamber of Commerce.
David started as Ellensburg City Council member in 2011, filling the seat left vacant by Stan Bassett. Before taking on his Council responsibilities, David served as a member of the city’s volunteer Planning Commission for nine years.

David’s day job is as a senior airport planner. He has 31 years of professional aviation consulting experience, including the past 17 years as Century West’s Senior Aviation Consultant. As a planner specializing in the built environment, David is known for creating innovative facility designs that are efficient, realistic to construct, and consistently approved and accepted by FAA, state aviation agencies, and our airport clients.
Nicole Klauss

Nicole was appointed to the Ellensburg City Council in May 2017, filling the seat left vacant by Chris Herion. Before taking on her Council responsibilities, Nicole covered the city council for the Ellensburg Daily Record. 

Nicole works for Iron Horse Brewery as the events and engagement coordinator, and part-time as a writer at the Daily Record. She has a background in journalism and marketing. Nicole has experience with nonprofits from her work as the public relations officer for the Rodeo City Rollergirls, Ellensburg's local roller derby team.