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At the local level, Ritzville is incorporated as a second class city under the laws of the State of Washington.  It is governed by an elected mayor and a seven-member city council.

It is the Adams County seat which is governed by a three-person board of commissioners.

At the federal level, Washington, like all states, has two U.S. Senators.  Ritzville is included in the U.S. House of Representative's 5th Congressional District.  

Washington, like almost all states, has a bicameral legislature with nine elected officials.

Public Safety

Ritzville property is protected by a city and county volunteer fire department.

Ritzville is protected by a local four-person police force. As the county seat, the Adams County Sheriff's Department and jail is located here as well as a Washington State Patrol Detachment.