The Hearing Examiner decides all land use applications that require a public hearing and hears appeals from administrative decisions. The Examiner is appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council.
Yelm's Hearing Examiner is Mark C. Scheibmeir of the law firm of Hillier, Scheibmeir, Kelly & Satterfield where he is the Senior Partner. Mr. Scheibmeir was born in Salina, Kansas and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (with honors) from the University of Kansas in 1978. He then obtained his law degree from the University of Washington in 1981. He has been in private law practice in Chehalis for forty years, including more than twenty-five years' experience as a hearing examiner. In addition to serving as Yelm's Hearing Examiner, he currently serves as Hearing Examiner for both Lewis and Cowlitz Counties, for the City of Olympia, and for various other cities and towns including Black Diamond, Kelso, Elma, Castle Rock, and Cathlamet. Through his hearings work, coupled with the private practice focused on real estate matters, he is very familiar with the Growth Management Act, SEPA, the Shoreline Management Act, and other state and local land use and development regulations, as well as applicable court decisions.
Outside of work, Mr. Scheibmeir was appointed by Governor Inslee as a Trustee of Centralia College and is currently serving his second five year term as Trustee.
The most recent Hearing Examiner agenda can be viewed in the City's public notices.