City Hall opened in a new building in 2006 and blends glass and wood into its design, providing 44,000…More square feet of working and meeting space. The three-level building sits on thirty acres of what's called Sammamish Commons, a city property that includes a plaza, park, picnic areas and trails.
The building's first floor houses chambers for the seven-member council. Council members, who are elected at large, typically hold regular meetings the first and third Tuesday of the month at 6:30pm. Study sessions are scheduled for the other Tuesdays of the month, also at 6:30 pm. The top administrator is the city manager.
Sammamish 21/61 TV broadcasts council meetings on cable providers Comcast (Channel 21) and Broadstripe (Channel 61, formerly Millenium).
City Hall also is home for arts, parks and planning commission meetings, a Technology Committee and the Sammamish Youth Board. The Sammamish police officers have first-floor offices in City Hall. Sammamish contracts with the King County Sheriff's Office for police services.
While the top floor has offices, the bottom level has public parking. From mid May to late September, the plaza is the site of a Farmers Market each Wednesday. It starts in the late afternoon and ends in the evening. From Sammamish Commons, visitors can see the sunset.
The municipality takes its name from two Northwest Native American words, samena and mish, according to the King County Library System. Samena means "hunter"; mish means people.
The Issaquah Police Department serves a resident population of more than 30,000, although the daytime population…More is approximately 40,000.
It is a community-oriented department with a combined commissioned staff of 50 personnel. The Issaquah Chief of Police is Paul D. Ayers.
The city has officers on patrol 24 hours a day. The typical patrol shift consists of one Sergeant and three or four patrol officers. They work a 4-12 Plan which is, 4 - 12 hour shifts, followed by 4 days off.
The department also operates the Issaquah Jail, a modern, 62-bed facility. In addition to providing a secure environment for Issaquah inmates, the following cities have contracted to house prisoners in the Issaquah Jail: Bellevue; Clyde Hill; Duvall; Maple Valley; Medina; Mercer Island; North Bend; Redmond; Sammamish; Snoqualmie; Black Diamond; Normandy Park; Bothell; Carnation; Kirkland; Shoreline; Woodinville; Newcastle; and Pacific.
Issaquah also contracts with Yakima County Corrections for housing some of Issaquah's long term/special prisoners.
The Police Department shares a facility with a number of Issaquah City Departments on Sunset Way just east of Front Street.