Mayor Linda Redmon
Mayor Linda Redmon took the oath of office on December 7, 2021.
As a City Council member for the last four years, Mayor Redmon enjoyed collaborating with the Council, the Mayor, and City staff to keep Snohomish special and to ensure this is a community we can all be proud to live in.
In the last four years, Mayor Redmon has approached city issues with an eye to equity and fairness, ensuring that all community members are heard and represented. She has sought greater youth involvement, helping to create the Youth Council, and for accurate assessment of public safety issues that so many community members have asked about. She has also pushed for greater awareness and implementation of emergency planning and preparedness by community members.
Mayor Redmon encourages everyone to reach out to her via phone, text, email, postal mail, in the grocery store, and on Facebook, Nextdoor and Twitter should you have any issue you would like to discuss.
Under the new form of government, the mayor serves as the chief executive to administer the city government on a day-to-day basis.
Mayor Redmon hired Heather Thomas as City Administrator in 2022, who has a 20+ year career in public service, most recently with the Snohomish Health District.
The Council is responsible as the legislative branch of government and for adopting various policies, ordinances, resolutions, contracts and budgets.
As a “strong mayor,” (as defined by state law) the mayor has duties including the hiring and firing of staff, negotiating labor agreements, managing city finances and developing proposed policies and future budgets for City Council approval.
In brief, the Council’s role is to adopt policies for the city and it is the Mayor’s role to carry out those policies.
The mayor chairs City Council meetings, but may vote only to break a tie vote of the Council on matters other than the passage of any ordinance, grant, or revocation of franchise or license, or any resolution for the payment of money.
Ordinances adopted by the City Council may be vetoed by the mayor, though the City Council may override such vetoes with a majority plus one of the whole membership (5 votes).
The Council continues to be responsible for adopting various policies, ordinances, resolutions, contracts and budgets. Instead of electing a mayor among its members to serve for two year terms, as it had in the past, the Council may elect a councilmember as mayor pro tem or similar title. The mayor pro tem would chair Council meetings and substitute for the mayor only in the absence of the mayor.
The City Council continues to be comprised of seven members elected at large for staggered, four-year terms.
Mayor’s Term of Office
The mayor serves a four-year term ending on December 31, 2025.