Current News

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!

Park Board Meeting

Thursday May 16, 2019

1:00 p.m.- Council Chambers

Haussler Road Pavement Repairs

Beginning May 13 and ending May 31, sections of Haussler Road will be closed for road repairs between Lowrane Drive and Highland Park Drive. Haussler will be open from Friday evening until Monday morning each weekend throughout the duration of the project. The road work will repair sections of Haussler Road that have settled as a result of land movement.  Advanced Excavation Specialists LLC will complete the work under contract with the City of Kelso. During the road closures, traffic will be detoured.

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

Public Notice Letter

Vicinity Map- Haussler Rd.


GRADE St, 4th Av, 5th Av, Oak St


Beginning May 6 at 8 am and running through May 8, the City’s contractor will be striping Grade St, Oak St to 13th St, 4th Av, Academy St to Oak St, 5th Av, Allen St to Oak St and Oak St, 4th Av to 5th Av. There will be periodic street closures on Grade St at Ash, on Oak, 4th to 5th and on 5th, Oak to Allen. There will also be periodic lane closures on Grade, Oak to 13th and on 4th, Academy to Oak. Detours will be signed.  This is the final phase of work to complete the Grade Street, 4th and 5th Rechannelization project. Motorists should take alternative routes during this time.


City of Kelso

Engineering Department

(360) 423-6590