Commissioner Gil Almquist delivering a new County Ambulance to the Hildale Fire Department.

Washington County Commissioners Deliver 5 New Ambulances to County Fire Departments

Washington County Commissioners are pleased to announce the delivery of five new ambulances to the following fire departments; Enterprise, Santa-Clara-Ivins, Hildale, and Hurricane Valley. The ambulances were secured in 2020 with CARES Act funding and are now being delivered today.

Washington County has a strong tradition of working together with its municipalities and communities to provide important emergency services and this purchase is in line with that historical tradition. These ambulances became critical as a backup to the already existing ambulances due the new restriction developed during the pandemic which required each ambulance to be sanitized before the transport of another citizen.

“This will save lives across our county and provide critical backup for our emergency service providers,” states Commissioner Gil Almquist. “As we were dealing with the effects of the pandemic as a county commission, we felt it absolutely necessary to provide this important infrastructure to keep our citizens safe and healthy.”

“This has been a long time coming,” continues Commissioner Almquist, “We recognized our residents need for more than one ambulance in various areas. With the Covid-19 protocol, an ambulance transporting an infected individual requires decontamination turn-around time. We want immediate backup availability to residents who may be in need in that area.”

The Covid-19 pandemic increased ambulance call volume and increased the time it takes for an ambulance to become available to respond to additional emergency callout. For example, an ambulance transporting a patient with Covid-19 must be taken out of service for decontamination procedures prior to transporting another citizen. The decontamination process may take as long as one hour.

Providing our public ambulance transport agencies with an additional front-line ambulance will allow them to respond to additional emergencies while their remaining ambulance is undergoing decontamination.

The Washington County Commission was instrumental in establishing the Washington County Medical Surge compact. The compact provides equipment along with the necessary inter-local agreements with other agencies and medical service providers to assist the county in preparation for a medical event(s) which exceed the county’s current medical treatment capacity.

The ambulances remain the property of Washington County and are a key component to the Medical Surge Compact. This will provide critical medical transport capabilities anywhere in the county in the event the medical surge compact is activated- for example the rapid surge we experienced in the Covid-19 Pandemic onset.

Commissioner Almquist and Chief Tom Kuhlmann are scheduled to personally drive and deliver the 5 ambulances this week to the following locations:

Monday, June 13- Hildale and Hurricane (2)
Tuesday, June 14- Santa Clara-Ivins
Wednesday, June 15- Enterprise

Washington County Fair

RFP Event Coordinator for County Fair

PUBLIC NOTICE: Washington County is seeking proposals for an event coordinator for the Washington County Fair.

Click here to download RFP documents. Or, starting January 4, 2019, pick up in-person at:

Washington County Commission
111 East Tabernacle
St. George, UT 84770
(Google Maps)

Deadline for Submission of Proposal: 12:00 pm on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.

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Washington County Commission
111 East Tabernacle
St. George, UT 84770
Account #: 1359

Childrens Justice Center logo

CJC RFP for Mental Health Professionals


NOTICE is hereby given that Washington County is seeking applications from Mental Health Professionals to independently contract with the Children’s Justice Center to provide services to victims and their family members. A full description of the position is available at the Washington County Commission Office. Those with questions may contact Kristi Pike at the Children’s Justice Center.

To qualify, an individual must submit the following:

  1. CV or Resume;
  2. Proof of a Master’s degree and must be a licensed, certified mental health professional;
  3. Proof of Insurance;
  4. Proof of 40 hours of evidence based trauma training recognized by the National Children’s Alliance. Trainings may include, but are not limited to: TF-CBT, PCIT, AF-CBT, EMDR, CFTSI, SPP, PSB-CBT, PE-A;
  5. Proof of Utah DOPL Licensure

Those wishing to apply should submit the above no later than Friday, September 7, 2018 to the Washington County Commission Office:

Washington County Commission
111 East Tabernacle
St. George, UT  84770
(Google Maps)

Published in The Spectrum August 29, 2018

Vote By Mail Elections


By Mail voters will be receiving their ballots 3 weeks before each Election Day. Eligible registered voters in Washington County do not need to request a ballot to be mailed to them, one will be mailed to their residential or mailing address automatically.

NOTE: The Post Office cannot “Forward” ballots. In the event that a resident will be traveling or will be away from their residence, the registered voter can go to and fill out an absentee ballot request. By filling out this absentee ballot request the resident will be able to tell us where to mail their ballot for each individual election.

To ensure that voters get their ballot quickly, if you have moved or have had a mailing address change, please go to and re-register to vote with your current residential and or mailing address.

Any voter who wishes to opt out of receiving a By Mail ballot must do so in writing. Opt out letters must be submitted to:

Washington County Clerk’s Office
111 East Tabernacle
St. George, UT 84770-3443
(Google Maps)

Vote Center locations will be announced at a later time.

Desert Tortoise Habitat Conservation

Proposed Desert Tortoise Habitat Conservation Expansion Bill

Washington County is looking at expanding the Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) in an area that is being called Zone 6. Zone 6 is generally located south of Santa Clara and west of St. George. This popular area is pivotal for outdoor recreation and tourism in Washington County. As plans continue moving forward with the HCP in this area, it is the intent for Zone 6 to remain open to recreation as well as provide the mitigation for the much needed Northern Corridor.

The County is hosting an open house where the proposed Expansion Bill will be unveiled. Comments from advocates of outdoor recreation groups, as well as all interested parties are being sought at the open house. All are encouraged attend to view maps and learn more about the proposed bill.

Date: Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Time: 5:00 – 7:00 PM
Dixie Center
Entrada Room
1935 Convention Center Drive.
St. George, UT 84790
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