County, city elect council leaders for 2017

By Nicholas Johnson | Jan 11, 2017

The Snohomish County Council has unanimously elected three-term Councilor Brian Sullivan to chair that legislative body for 2017.

“I am excited to get to work,” said Sullivan, who served as chair in 2012 and most recently as vice chair in 2016. “We have many critical issues to address this year.”

Sullivan represents District 2, which includes Everett, Mukilteo, and Tulalip, as well as unincorporated areas of the county. He said his top priorities include addressing the heroin epidemic, providing mental health services and working to lift people out of homelessness.

“Our homeless population has exponentially grown along with the heroin problem,” he said. “Our sheriff’s deputies are acting as social workers by going into homeless camps and trying to get people out and into housing.”

Sullivan has previously served as a state representative and mayor of Mukilteo. His final term on the county council expires in 2019, though he is considering a bid this year for mayor of Everett.

“If I lose the mayor’s race, I’ll still be around to get kicked around,” he said.

District 3 Councilor Stephanie Wright, who represents Edmonds, Lynnwood, Woodway and parts of unincorporated Snohomish County, was elected vice chair.



City Councilor Richard Emery nominated Councilor Bob Champion to be lead the council again this year as its president.

“I really respect all the work and time he’s spent in that position and I really admire how effective the council has been working,” Emery said Jan. 3. “I think we would benefit from you continuing in that position.”

Champion was unanimously elected. Councilor Steve Schmalz was also unanimously elected to continue as the council’s vice chair.

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