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Notice is hereby given that sealed proposals for janitorial services will be received by the Engineering Division, City of Kelso, 203 South Pacific Ave. Suite 205, until 10:00 am, September 10, 2019 and immediately thereafter be publicly opened and read.  Late bids will be rejected.

To download a bid packet, please visit:





On September 3rd, 4th and 5th 2019, Cowlitz County Public Works, under contract with the City of Kelso will be chip sealing the streets marked in red on the attached map.   The work will begin at 6:30 a.m., and is expected to be completed by 5:00 p.m.

The work will create disruptions to the flow of traffic in this area.  Detours will be used to redirect traffic around or through the work area.  If you reside in or near the work area, every reasonable effort will be made to allow you access to your destination in a timely manner.  If at all possible, it is advised to avoid this area and use alternate travel routes to your destination.

The street must be completely clear of vehicles during this time.  Any vehicles not cleared will be subject to towing and impound at the owner’s expense.  The cooperation of both local residents and the general public is greatly appreciated.




Fishers Lane Pavement Repairs

On August 13 Fishers Lane between Long Av. and the railroad tracks will be closed for pavement repairs. During the road closure, traffic will be detoured.


Sunrise Street Pavement Repairs

On August 16 pavement repair work will impact traffic on Sunrise Street between Miller Dr. and Corduroy Rd. The road will be closed and traffic will be detoured. 


Advanced Excavation Specialists LLC will complete the work under contract with the City of Kelso.


If you have questions about the projects, contact Paul Klope, 360-423-6590 X3322.


Wednesday, August 14, 2019 - 5:30pm - City Council Chambers - 203 S. Pacific Kelso WA - 

Project Location: 1107 4th South Avenue, Kelso

Youth and Family Link Services proposes the conversion of a single-family home to a satellite office to serve the Wallace neighborhood. The decision for this conditional use permit will be rendered by the Hearing Examiner after a public hearing.

Notice of Application and Public Hearing

For more information visit Current Development Projects on our Planning web page.

July 1, 2019, Temporary Closure Begins.

Advanced Excavating Specialists continues to stay ahead of schedule and our park is looking great! The main parking lot was paved yesterday and the remaining paving is scheduled for next week. Parking lot striping, extruded curbing and landscaping will be completed shortly. The City of Kelso and AES would like to thank everyone for their understanding and patience during the construction process!

The Park Board meeting for Thursday, June 20th has been canceled.

National Night Out - Tuesday, August 6th, 2019

Join Kelso Mayor Nancy Malone, the Kelso City Council, Police Chief Darr Kirk & our community partners as we shut the door on crime and drugs.

Tuesday, August 6th, 2019, at Tam O’Shanter Park, 1600 Tam O’Shanter Way from 6:00 to 8:30 P.M.



Press Release
For information contact: Steve Taylor
(360) 577-3301
Kelso, WA – May 31, 2019
City of Kelso Appoints Darr Kirk as Next Police Chief
The City of Kelso is pleased to announce the selection of Darr Kirk as its next Police Chief effective June 1st. The appointment fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Chief Andrew Hamilton in April of this year.
Chief Kirk is a 26-year veteran of the Kelso Police Department (KPD) and began his law enforcement career in Kelso in 1993. Kirk has served in nearly every functional law enforcement role in the department including patrol officer, detective for the Cowlitz/Wahkiakum Narcotics Task Force, Kelso High School Resource Officer and patrol sergeant. For the past ten years, he has held the position of KPD Captain, and served as a SWAT Commander and unarmed force instructor. He was named Interim Police Chief in April upon the departure of Chief Hamilton.
“It is my distinct pleasure to appoint Darr Kirk as Kelso’s next police chief,” said City Manager Steve Taylor. “Chief Kirk’s breadth of experience within law enforcement and exemplary service within the department has thoroughly prepared him to succeed in this new role. Darr will carry on the department’s legacy of quality service and community involvement, and maintain the culture of professionalism within the ranks of our public safety officers.”
Chief Kirk has an extensive record of community involvement through his leadership on numerous committees and as a youth sports coach for twelve years. He was appointed to a vacant director position on the Kelso School Board in January 2019. Kirk is a 1987 Camas High School Graduate and attended Clark Community College in Vancouver for one year. He subsequently attended Washington State University and graduated in 1992 with a degree in Criminal Justice.
Chief Kirk has been married to Melissa for over 20 years and they have two children, Kahler (17) and Riley (15). He is an outdoors enthusiast and enjoys spending time with his family.
Chief Kirk considers it an honor to serve the Kelso Police Department professionals and the Kelso Community.

1st Annual Clean Up Downtown Kelso

June 1, 2019  *   9AM - 11 AM

Help us clean up Downtown Kelso! We will meet at the Grounds for Opportunity for coffee and to hand out vests, grabbers and bags to divide and conquer!