Covington, Washington

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Covington is a city in King County, Washington, United States. The population was 13,783 at the time of the 2000 census. Prior to the 2000 census, Covington was counted as part of Covington-Sawyer-Wilderness CDP.



The area presently known as Covington was originally known as Jenkins Prairie. In the 1880s, the Northern Pacific Railroad commissioned a surveyor by the name of Covington to develop a railroad line between Auburn and Kanaskat. A stop along the route was named for him and eventually the area surrounding the depot would be called Covington.[3]

Several logging companies set up in the area in the late 19th century, and services soon followed. A school district was established in 1937.[3] Over the years the area grew as an unincorporated area of Kent.

Covington was officially incorporated as a city[4] on August 31, 1997.


The city is governed by a council-manager government consisting of a seven-person city council. Members are elected at-large, i.e., each is elected by all citizens of the city, not by districts.

Fire protection to most of the city is provided by the Kent Fire Department, while Maple Valley Fire and Life Safety provides fire protection to the remainder of the city.

Public schools in the city are part of the Kent School District.


Covington contracts with the King County Sheriff's Office for police services. Deputies assigned to Covington wear Covington uniforms and drive patrol cars marked with the city logo. There are currently 10 patrol officers, one motorcycle officer, one detective, and one chief assigned full time to the city.[5]

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