At a special meeting held on Saturday, February 9, 2019, the City Council selected Dr. Steve Woodard to fill its vacant position created after former Mayor Jerry Smith passed away in December.
The term of this position runs through certification of the November 2019 election.
Dr. Woodard currently serves as Chair of the city’s Recreation and Parks Advisory Commission and he previously served on the city’s Library Board. Woodard is a 15-year resident of Mountlake Terrace with a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies from the University of Washington and a Master’s degree in Education from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA. Presently, Dr. Woodard works as Dean of Access and Completion at Edmonds Community College where he has been employed since 2014. He previously worked for the University of Washington as a Student Services Administrator and taught in public schools in Madrid, Spain.
The City Council interviewed ten candidates and asked questions about vision, budget priorities, development and growth, teamwork, diversity and why each applicant believed they should be chosen. Four candidates were nominated during the meeting that lasted over six hours including Judi Smith, Erin Murray, Isaac Harrison and Woodard. After two rounds of voting, the Council selected Woodard.
“It is my genuine honor to be selected to join our City Council, especially from such a highly qualified and socially conscious pool of candidates,” stated Woodard. He added, “My twofold goal in stepping into our vacant position is to honor the legacy established by our beloved Mayor Smith and his family, while also keeping our city’s focus on the future. Ours is a complex and diverse community. In this regard, know and trust that through this appointment, my intent is to continue to add to the richness that makes Mountlake Terrace a destination city.”
Mayor Kyoko Matsumoto Wright stated, “I’d like to thank all of the candidates who interviewed today. They made our decision very difficult as it was such a terrific pool to choose from. On behalf of the Council, we hope all of the applicants will get involved or remain involved if they are already serving in our community.”
Woodard will be sworn in at the City Council’s work/study session on Thursday, February 14 at 7:00 p.m. at Interim City Hall.