Meet Your City Council
Mayor Rich Elliott: I would like to thank you for allowing me to serve as the Mayor of Ellensburg. I have served on the City Council for a total of 11 years. My wife and I (of 36 years) have lived in the Ellensburg area since 1996. Our son, daughter, their spouses, and two grandsons live in Ellensburg and we are proud to be a part of the community. I have 37 years of service in the fire department and began my career in the Seattle area where I worked in urban areas for 10 years before moving to Ellensburg. My education includes a BS in Political Science with an emphasis in labor studies and an MS in Organizational Development from CWU. I currently work for Kittitas Valley Fire and Rescue as the Deputy Chief of Operations and Training and serve on a national Wildland Policy Committee. I am active in the community focusing on improving behavioral and mental health resources and access to healthcare, while serving on the City Council, Health Network, HopeSource and KITTCOM Boards. It is an honor to serve. I am deeply committed to this community and to the people who work at the City. That is a shared commitment with our Council and I encourage you to talk to us about issues that concern you.
Sarah Beauchamp moved to Ellensburg in 2018 to follow her dreams of opening a cocktail bar + restaurant, and The Mule Cocktail Bar was born and lives in the historic downtown core. Sarah has three grown children who also call Ellensburg home with their growing families. When not busy with the bar or community events, you can find Sarah hiking in the hills and spending time with her family.
Sarah has been serving the Ellensburg and Kittitas community for nearly five years through her various roles as a small business owner, a volunteer with the Ellensburg Downtown Association’s Equity Committee, as a board member for Helen House and the Ellensburg Farmers Market, and served on the City’s Lodging Tax Advisory Committee.
Her hope is to bridge the gap between Central Washington University and the Ellensburg community, promote and encourage inclusivity and diversity, and to help create a downtown core that allows current and future businesses to flourish.
City Councilmember Nancy Goodloe retired as Professor Emeritus of Health Education from Baylor University, Waco, Texas in 2001 and moved to Ellensburg to become the Administrator of the Kittitas County Public Health Department. Soon after leaving the county administrator position, she volunteered to serve on the Kittitas County Homeless and Affordable Housing Committee. Realizing the need for stronger linkages between county agencies working on homeless and affordable housing issues, she led a community effort to create the Homeless and Affordable Housing Network of Kittitas County. Nancy served as the first Chair of the City of Ellensburg's Affordable Housing Commission, and now serves as the Chair of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Commission. She volunteers monthly with the Ellensburg Community Clothing Center and the Cold Weather Shelter.
Nancy earned a bachelor’s degree from Baylor University, master’s degrees from Baylor University and Texas A and M University, and a doctoral degree from the University of Oregon. She started her service on Ellensburg City Council, December 2017.
Nancy Lillquist has served on the Ellensburg City Council since 2001. 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 serves on the Kittitas County Developmental Disability Committee. She also serves on the Yakima Basin Fish and Wildlife Recovery Board. Nancy has led efforts to improve biking and walking in the city. She and her husband own Lillquist Rentals in Ellensburg.
David has served on the Ellensburg City Council since 2011, when he was appointed to fill the seat left vacant by Stan Bassett’s retirement. He served as Mayor pro tem in 2014-2015. Prior to joining the City Council, David served on the Ellensburg Planning Commission for nine years.
David currently represents the City of Ellensburg on the Kittitas County Council of Governments (COG), and is assigned to the City of Ellensburg Finance Committee and Arts Commission. He is active in the Association of Washington Cities (AWC) and currently represents AWC as a board member on the Washington Community Forestry Council, which advises the Department of Natural Resources on urban and community forestry.
David is Lead Aviation Planner for Century West Engineering, a northwest engineering and planning consulting firm and he has completed planning assignments at more than 200 airports throughout the U.S. David has a Bachelor of Science Degree from the Florida Institute of Technology, and is a certified professional planner (AICP) through the American Planning Association.
David has lived in Ellensburg since 1997 and is married to Dr. Roxanne Easley, Professor of History at Central Washington University. Their daughter, Alice (EHS Class of 2019) is currently completing her undergraduate studies at the University of Washington.
Delano Palmer is a Houston, Texas native who joined the Ellensburg community in 2018. His education includes a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Texas Tech University, and a Master of Science in Construction Management from Purdue University.
Prior to arriving in Ellensburg, Delano worked as a construction project manager for 11.5 years working in the healthcare, industrial and food & beverage sectors before opting for a better work life balance in the Pacific Northwest, with his wife and two children.
Delano is currently the Director of Capital Planning and Projects at Central Washington University leading in the completion of recent projects such as Health Science, Nicholson Pavilion remodel, and the upcoming North Academic Complex.
“I’ve fallen in love with the small-town close-knit lifestyle of Ellensburg. I am fortunate to enjoy a work life balance that has afforded me the ability to serve my community by participating as a board member for Kittitas County Habitat for Humanity and serving on the Planning Commission. I look forward to the challenge and opportunity to address the civic needs of our community. It’s important that we support the measured economic growth of our community through long term dedication to infrastructure and seeking out collaborative solutions for housing affordability. Understanding that we all mutually benefit through sharing our collective experiences, let’s work together to emphasize the welcoming and embracing nature of Ellensburg for all walks of life.”
My name is Joshua Thompson. Growing up in Washington, I always cherished the beauty of Ellensburg. After countless summers and with family here in the valley, my wife Ines and I moved here in 2017. Ellensburg is a city we love dearly and where we are raising our 1 year old son Noah, along with our dog Archie and our cat Scar. I ran for Ellensburg City Council because I want to help ensure that my child and all the citizens of Ellensburg reside in a safe community with abundant opportunities.
In 2006 I graduated from Eastern Oregon University with a degree in Business Economics. For the last 13 years I have worked in a variety of consulting and technical roles, first for Audienz, then for The Channel Company after Audienz was acquired. In this capacity I have consulted extensively on technology, business, and marketing initiatives for Microsoft and Amazon in addition to numerous smaller companies. My role as a consultant has allowed me to develop an ability to grasp complex issues quickly, to be resourceful, and decisive.
Highlights of my career include extensive international travel, leading research projects for, and conducting due diligence of potential vendors for Microsoft. For Amazon, I lead the design, development, and implementation of a platform to track co-marketing dollars for Amazon partners.
My wife, Ines, and I are also co-owners of Thompson Rental Properties, a company local to Ellensburg. Aside from work, my wife and I enjoy traveling to Major League ballparks and spending time with our extended family.