Government Affairs Monthly Update

Jamie Howsley

Jamie Howsley is a land use attorney practicing in Washington and Oregon. He has served as the BIA’s Government Affairs Director since 2011. You can reach Jamie directly via email or call 360.281.1123.

The Government Affairs Committee meets on the second Monday of the month in the BIA office at 3:30 pm.

A Captain is Born… or Hired

Shawn Henessee will officially become the Clark County Manager on July 23.  After more than a year without a captain, the county will once again have someone guiding the ship. As we all know, many issues re working on have been in limbo due to this vacancy; permit and inspection issues, permit center operations and general interactivity with county department leadership.

Along with Mitch Nickolds experience and plan to address permit center problems, Shawn’s experience in land use and, more specifically, growth management comes at a very important time for our industry.

The BIA will work on an opportunity for our members to meet with Shawn; once he gets settled in, of course.

You can read more about Shawn:

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Upcoming GAC Meeting

The next Government Affairs Committee meeting is Monday, July 9 at 3:30 at the BIA offices.  Please feel free to email me at or Ryan Makinster at if you have any issues you would like to raise.