Council Member Shirley Sutton Announces Resignation

Published on May 08, 2024


LYNNWOOD, WA (May 8, 2024) - After six years of service, Council Member Shirley Sutton has announced her resignation from the Lynnwood City Council effective immediately.  

In a letter to Council President George Hurst, Council Member Sutton expressed her “overwhelming desire to return [her] home in the beautiful Yakima Valley.” 

“I have enjoyed working with [the Council] during my time on the council,” Sutton wrote. “I leave the council confident that the city is in your most capable hands.”  

An avid advocate of equity and inclusion, Council Member Sutton’s passion for her community has been seen and felt across Washington State and beyond. Sutton has served in multiple roles that focused on homelessness and empowering the youth of our state, including the Yakima School District, the Governor’s Homeless Commission and as the director of equity and inclusion for Edmonds College.  

As a council member, Sutton continued that focus and passion as the liaison for the Human Services Commission, Arts Commission, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Commission, Alliance for Housing Affordability and the Lynnwood Tourism Advisory Committee.  

“Council Member Sutton has been a long-time public servant in our city and surrounding community. Her concern for people and their welfare has impacted many in our community in so many ways,” said City of Lynnwood Mayor Christine Frizzell. “I am honored to have served alongside her as a council member as well as in my current role as Mayor. Thank you for your service to our community, Shirley. You will be missed.”

In an email to the City Council, Council President George Hurst lauded Council Member Sutton’s commitment to her role and the community.  

“Shirley has served this Council, this City and our region for many years with distinction and with the heart of a servant. She has been a great friend and leader for many years.”  

The City Council will discuss the details for filling this vacancy during the Business Meeting on May 13, 2024. The specific process for filling City Council vacancies is outlined in RCW 42.12.070

The City of Lynnwood will publish a formal announcement when the vacancy has been filled.


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