Lake Stevens City Council chooses new PresidentBY PAM STEVENS | EDITOR City is off to great new year With the beginning of a new calendar year the Lake Stevens City Council started things off with a new Council President and Vice-President.
On Monday, Jan. 14 new officers were elected by the city council for the 2008 calendar year.
As Vice-President, Tom Hartwell would have normally moved into the President’s seat, however because of time constraints and other commitments, Hartwell felt that someone else should serve as Council President for 2008.
He quickly nominated Neal Dooley, who serves in the Council Position 3 seat. Dooley accepted the nomination and was voted in by unanimous consensus.
Dooley has been on the city council since 1991 when he was appointed to an open council position.
“Since then he has been fortunate enough to be elected to serve the citizens of Lake Stevens as their representative on City Council,” the City of Lake Stevens website states.
Suzanne Quigley, nominated Councilmember Kathy Holder to serve as 2008 Vice-President.
Holder too was appointed to an open council position back in the spring when councilmember, Arnie Clark stepped down to take a full-time position with the City.
Holder was then elected to maintain her seat in last November’s elections where she will complete the remaining two years of the four-year seat term.
In the Fall of 2005, Holder volunteered to collect signatures for a petition to annex the North Lake area into the city. After a successful annexation into the city, she was selected to be a member of the Lake Stevens Parks Board. From there she applied to be on the city council.
Last year’s President was Heather Coleman who has been on the city council since 2006. Coleman filled the seat with energy and the expectation of making the Lake Stevens community an even better place to live.
Coleman has worked in local government for 20 years. For eight of those years she worked as the Police Administrative Supervisor for the Lake Stevens Police Department. She currently works for Snohomish County.
Vice-President for the 2007 council was Tom Hartwell. Hartwell has lived in Lake Stevens since 1992.
One of Hartwell’s passions is working with Sherwood Community Services. He volunteered there as a Board member for ten years and served as Board President for six of those years. While serving on the Board Hartwell has had the opportunity to assist and lead in fundraising, hiring of management, agency governance and community relations.
Both council members have experience and a knowledge of all that Lake Stevens has to offer and all that needs to be done to make the city bigger and better at the same time.