Cowlitz County Noxious Weed Control Board

Noxious Weed Control Board meetings are held every 2nd Wednesday of each month (change to this schedule is announced in The Daily News and on our website). Meetings are conducted on the 2nd floor of the Administration Annex Building: 207 Fourth Avenue North; Kelso, WA 98626 (SEE MAP). Due to the mandated social distancing requirements in place during the current COVID-19 pandemic, the public meetings may be held solely over video and teleconference. Please check back prior to each month's meeting to confirm.

Meeting Documents are available here.

Board members serve a 4-year non-paying term position, appointed by the Cowlitz County Board of Commissioners. Board members also must live in the district in which they represent. 

Notice of Expiration

The Cowlitz County Noxious Weed Control Board is accepting applications from residents interested in serving on the Noxious Weed Control Board. Appointments will be conducted per the rules outlined in RCW 17.10.050. Applications will be accepted and reviewed for the following expiring terms:

Weed District No. 1:

North Central County; Brynion, Ostrander, Rose Valley 

Weed District No. 4:

South Central County; Longview, Kalama, Owl Creek, Carrolls, Tunstall 

This is a non-paying 4-year term position appointed by the Cowlitz County Board of Commissioners (BOCC) to oversee the noxious weed control program’s policies and priorities within the County.

Interested applicants should apply online OR contact the Cowlitz County Noxious Weed Control Program, Admin Annex Bldg, 1st Floor, 207 Fourth Avenue North, Kelso, WA  98626; phone: 360-577-3117; email: All applications must be completed and received by the Noxious Weed Control Program by Wednesday, January 6, 2021, at 4 PM.

The Noxious Weed Control Board will review applications at a hearing scheduled for January 13, 2021, at 6 PM. Following the hearing, the Noxious Weed Control Board will hold their regular meeting to discuss applications and recommend candidates to the BOCC for the appointment of the District #1 and District #4 positions. The BOCC will appoint the new terms, which will begin March 1, 2021.

Download an application packet


District #1 Board Chairman
John Gross
303 Painter Roth Road
Kelso, WA 98626
Tel. 360-425-0083

Initial Appointment Date: June 25, 2013
Current Term Expiration Date: February 28, 2021
John Gross
District #2 Board Vice Chairman
Joe Godinho
70 PH 10
Castle Rock, WA 98611
Tel. 360-274-0275

Initial Appointment Date: March 27, 2000
Current Term Expiration Date: February 28, 2024

Joe Godihno
District #3 Board member
Dixie Edwards
2039 44th Ave
Longview, WA 98632
Tel. 360-425-1885

Initial Appointment Date: June 5, 2019
Current Term Expiration Date: February 28, 2023

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District #4 Board Member
Mike Imboden
2814 Maple Street
Longview, WA 98632
Tel. 360-423-3133

Initial Appointment Date: January 28, 2003
Current Term Expiration Date: February 28, 2021

Mike Imboden
District #5 Board Member
Eino Suomi
213 Nevala Road
Woodland, WA 98674
Tel. 360-225-7780

Initial Appointment Date: January 28, 2008
Current Term Expiration Date: February 28, 2022

Eino Suomi
  1. Jennifer Mendoza

    Program Coordinator
    Phone: 360-577-3117 ext. 1

  2. Noxious Weeds Office Assistant

    Administrative Assistant/Accounts Payable
    Phone: 360-577-3117 ext. 2

  3. Alisha Bodine Grendon

    Phone: 360-577-3117 ext. 3

  4. Grant Projects

    Field Technicians
    Crew Lead: Connor Lane
    Crew Member: Dereck Koski, Vlad Nikitin

  5. Noxious Weeds

    Physical Address
    207 4th Ave. N.
    Annex Building, First Floor
    Kelso, WA 98626

    Phone: 360-577-3117

    TTY / VCO
    711 or 800-833-6384
    Washington Relay

    Office Hours
    Monday - Thursday
    9 a.m. - 12 noon
    1 p.m. - 4 p.m. 
    **Please call to make an appointment, our team is working a flexible schedule due to the current situation**