Former mayor Nancy Clausen honored for 38 years of service to Lacey


The Lacey City Council recognized Nancy Clausen with the Public Service Award for her 38 years of dedicated service to the Lacey community.

Speaking at the March 19 meeting, Mayor Andy Ryder lauded Clausen for her contributions that have left an indelible mark on the city.

"Nancy has been a pillar and a longtime leader in our community during her time on council," Ryder said.

Ryder highlighted Clausen’s pivotal role in realizing significant projects such as the Regional Athletic Complex (RAC).

According to the council, Clausen has played a crucial role in the Capital Area Regional Public Facilities District board, serving from 2012 to 2024 and holding the position of President from 2018 to 2023.

Clausen's involvement in civic affairs has been extensive. She served on the Lacey City Council from 1993 to 2007, including stints as mayor from 1996 to 1999 and deputy mayor from 2005 to 2007.

Before her tenure on the council, she served on the Planning Commission from 1986 to 1992, chairing the commission from 1989 to 1992.

Highlighting Clausen's commitment to fiscal responsibility and community welfare, Ryder underscored her diligent oversight of financial matters during her tenure on the Capital Area Regional Public Facilities District board.

The mayor emphasized her dedication to ensuring that public funds were utilized judiciously and in accordance with established agreements.

“She has always been someone I've tremendously respected because we are here today because of the efforts of people like Nancy,” said Ryder.

In her acceptance speech, Clausen expressed her deep affection for Lacey and gratitude for the opportunity to serve the community.

"I've loved working for Lacey and with all the staff at Lacey; it's just been a wonderful experience over all the years," Clausen said.

Clausen expressed pride in witnessing the positive impact of projects on the community and thanked her colleagues and fellow residents for their support over the years.


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