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City Council

The Bothell City Council is a seven-member, policy-making body that governs city government. Each council member has equal decision-making powers and City Council meets three times each month (except August). All Bothell City Council positions are four-year terms. Council member positions are non-partisan, part-time positions.

A Mayor and Deputy Mayor are elected by council members every two years. The Mayor serves as the presiding officer and acts as chair at all meetings of the City Council. The Mayor may participate in all deliberations of the Council in the same manner as any other member and is expected to vote in all proceedings, unless a conflict of interest exists. The Mayor does not possess any power of veto. The Mayor may not move an action, but may second a motion.

The Mayor is a Ceremonial Representative and has the responsibility to act as the City Council's ceremonial representative at public events and functions that are assigned to the Mayor. The Mayor is vested with the authority to initiate and execute proclamations and declare a state of emergency if necessary. In the Mayor's absence, the Deputy Mayor assumes this responsibility. Should both the Mayor and Deputy Mayor be absent, the Mayor will appoint another Council Member to assume this responsibility.

Council Corner

Thank you, Bothell

by Mark Lamb, Councilmember

Thank you for the opportunity to serve the City of Bothell for the past 12 years. Together we have come a long way. I believe that success in city government was best defined by the ancient Athenians when they pledged to “transmit this City not only, not less, but greater and more beautiful than it was transmitted to us.”

Together we have done this.

When I was first elected in 2003, our citizens recognized that congestion on State Route 522 would only become worse. Together we developed a vision for the Crossroads Project, years before the tolling of SR 520 and I-405. I was proud to lead a council and work with staff to secure funds to complete this project without increasing taxes. This project keeps cut-through traffic out of neighborhoods, expands and protects the iconic Park at Bothell Landing, and generates surplus lands that will house a new specialty grocer. Together we made this happen when others said it was impossible.

Similarly, I led our council in working with staff to secure and clean up the contaminated Northshore School District property in downtown. Our citizens asked us to work with McMenamins to save the Anderson Building, re-open the mothballed Northshore Pool and give Bothell its first movie theatre in decades. With the steady leadership of City Manager Bob Stowe, we shepherded the McMenamins deal to arrive at the grand opening celebration in October. Downtown Bothell is vibrant with new restaurants and residents; its revitalization is the envy of the Puget Sound region. This vibrancy is due in no small part because we stood together as a city and supported the efforts of former Reps. Mark Ericks and Al O’Brien and Senator Rosemary McAuliffe to save UW Bothell and turn it into one of the fastest growing and highly regarded universities in the nation.

In closing, thank you to our staff for the amazing work they do, and to our citizens for caring so deeply about our city and its leaders. I am thankful for the work we have done together and am excited for the next chapter in Bothell’s renaissance.

Mark Lamb served as Bothell’s Mayor for eight years and is ending his 12 years on the Bothell Council this month.