CWU Capital Planning and Projects director appointed to Ellensburg City Council

  • February 28, 2024
  • Rune Torgersen

Central Washington University Director of Capital Planning and Projects Delano Palmer was appointed to serve on the Ellensburg City Council at a special session on February 12.

Following a two-hour interview and two rounds of voting by the six sitting council members, Palmer was sworn in for a two-year term ending December 31, 2025.

Palmer is excited to seize another opportunity to give back to his community.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to do my civic duty and give back to the Ellensburg community I’ve come to love,” he said. “It’s one of those special communities that makes you want to put down roots and invest your time in order to see it grow and develop.”

Palmer moved to Ellensburg in 2018, and has since involved himself with the community in a variety of roles, serving as a board member for Kittitas County Habitat for Humanity and on the city Planning Commission. He sees his involvement as a way of helping Ellensburg grow and flourish.

“If you live somewhere that you love, it makes sense to understand how it operates and involve yourself in making it a better place,” Palmer said. “We owe it to ourselves and our community to help out at every opportunity and meet every challenge.”

In his new role with the City Council, Palmer hopes to leverage over a decade of construction and project management experience, as well as his passion for affordable housing and community-wide collaboration.

“In construction, infrastructure is everything,” he said. “A good foundation supports everything you plan on doing in the future, and that’s the perspective I’m bringing to the table.”

Ultimately, Palmer’s tenure on the City Council will be marked by his commitment to fostering conversation and seeing the value in opportunities for discourse.

“Anytime our citizens are engaged with the conversation about what’s happening and where we’re going, it’s a good thing,” he said. “There will be times when that conversation gets heated and passionate, but that’s a great thing too, because it means they care about their community and its future. I’m very blessed and honored to be able to help facilitate that conversation.”

Photo courtesy of Anna Rose/The Daily Record


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