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City Hall named after former mayor

// New signs will appear on the side of City Hall in the coming weeks.

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The Fife City Council has renamed Fife City Hall after former Mayor Marian Wetsch to honor her role as the city’s last strong mayor during a key point in Fife’s history, her leadership to champion the concerns of small cities on regional issues and for her life of service to the greater community.

Wetsch was elected to the City Council in 1988 and then served as mayor of the city from 1996 through 1999, according to the city report. During her tenure as the Mayor, she was instrumental in moving of City Hall to its current location and creating a new facility for the Fife Police Department.

In addition to serving on the City Council, she was a member of the Planning Commission from 2004 to 2008.

She also served on the Salary Commission in 2005 and was the Treasurer of the Fife Historical Society in 2006. She also served on the board of the Tacoma Philharmonic and the Food Bank and the Fife Historical Society. She also had a long career as a nurse at Tacoma’s St. Joseph Hospital where she was instrumental in the construction of the landmark hospital and served as the Director of Nursing for many years before entering local politics. She died in 2008.

“Marian ran this city with a stern, iron fist and she did it very well,” said Fife Municipal Judge Kevin Ringus. “She was compassionate. She knew exactly what she wanted to do. This building would not have happened without Marian.”

Signs renaming the building as the Marian Wetsch City Hall will now be installed on the main doors as well as on the exterior building wall facing the intersection of 23rd and 54th at a cost of between $250 and $5,000.