Lynnwood Welcomes New Mayor and Council Members

Published on January 04, 2022

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Mayor Christine Frizzell, and Council Members Shirley Sutton, Patrick Decker, and Josh Binda officially take office January 1, 2022.

Christine Frizzell

Mayor Christine Frizzell

Christine Frizzell has served as a Lynnwood City Council Member for four years prior to being elected as Mayor in November of 2021.

As a Council Member, Christine was the liaison to a variety of Boards and Commissions, including serving as an interim Commissioner of South County Fire after the consolidation of the Lynnwood Fire Department and Fire District 1.

Mayor Frizzell has deep Lynnwood roots, having graduated from Meadowdale High School as did both of her daughters. Her first job was at the Lynnwood Library. Prior to taking office as the Mayor, Christine worked as an accountant for a variety of large businesses and went on to be self-employed for more than 30 years serving accounting and tax needs of medium and small businesses and individuals while raising two amazing daughters, primarily as a single mom.

Volunteerism is at the core of Mayor Frizzell's life. She has spent decades volunteering and working with people experiencing homelessness, mentoring single moms, visiting with women in and out of incarceration, taking blood pressure checks at the Lynnwood Fire Department, cooking for the Kids Fire Camp, serving on the boards of a number of non-profit organizations, volunteering with Lynnwood Rotary, and more. These volunteer opportunities continue to provide her with a unique view and understanding of our community.

Contact the Mayor's Office:


Council Member Shirley Sutton
Council Position #1

Councilmember Shirley Sutton was elected to Position #1. Ms. Sutton previously served as a councilmember from 2016 to 2019, sitting on several City and community task forces and advisory groups. In 2013, Shirley retired from Edmonds Community College where she was the Director of Equity and Diversity. Prior to moving to Lynnwood, Shirley had a20 year career with Burlington Northern Railroad and gained experience in labor relations and management. She also earned aMaster of Arts in education/law and Justice and worked as director of homeless programs in Yakima schools, and served 8 years on the Governor's Homeless Commission which gave her an understanding of the power of public programs to positively change people’s lives. Herroles as an educator provided her with the opportunity to broaden her knowledge and community contacts, while promoting issues of human and civil rights of all individuals in schools, colleges and community.


Council Member Patrick Decker
Council Position #2

Councilmember Patrick Decker was elected to Position #2, after serving temporarily in an appointed position. Patrick (段仕诚 - पैट्रिक् डेकर) has been a resident of Lynnwood for over 35 years, and is married to his wife of 27 years who is a first-generation immigrant from Thailand. They own a home here and have raised their three sons in this community. Patrick is employed at Microsoft in the finance group, focusing on Strategic Enterprise Agreements. He is a graduate of Edmonds College, and the University of Washington Henry M Jackson School of International Studies, with a double bachelor’s degree in Asian Studies and Chinese Language and Literature. Patrick has served as council liaison to the Planning Commission as well as other positions.


Council Member Josh Binda
Council Position #3

Councilmember Josh Binda was elected to Position #3 and is the youngest African American ever elected in Washington state history as well as the youngest official ever elected in Lynnwood. Josh Binda, a first-generation American, was born and raised in Providence, Rhode Island. His family, originally from Liberia, escaped a civil war after winning an international lottery that brought them to The United States. Josh later moved to Lynnwood in 2012 and has been a resident ever since. He is currently attending the University of Washington where he is majoring in political science. Joshua has a passion for the City of Lynnwood and has extensive community involvement. He was the Chair of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Commission for the City of Lynnwood, has volunteered at the Lynnwood Food Bank, is a member of the League of Women voters of Snohomish County, and is a known activist for social and racial injustices.

Contact the City Council:
425-670-5010 - Council Member Phone Tree


Julie Moore, Manager of Communications & Public Affairs

Lisa Harrison, City Council Executive Assistant


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