City Council

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The Lynnwood City Council is the legislative branch of city government that represents city residents in establishing both policy and legislative direction to the administrative branch. Through proactive leadership, the City Council provides direction on services and facilities to meet the needs of our growing, diverse community.

Meeting Information

Business meetings: 2nd and 4th Mondays of the Month (public comments welcomed); Work sessions on the 1st, 3rd, 5th Mondays and 3rd Wednesdays of the month (no public comments). 

All business of the City Council is conducted in public and community members are welcome to attend meetings. Meetings are conducted in a hybrid manner, with both in-person and virtual options.

  • PHONE: dial 1-253-215-8782, enter meeting ID of 891 5625 2484 . Press *9 to raise your hand to make a comment.

 

George Hurst

Council President

  • ProfileCouncil Position #6
    Elected in 2015
    ghurst@lynnwoodwa.gov

Jim Smith

Council Vice President

  • ProfileCouncil Position #4
    Elected in 2019
    jsmith@lynnwoodwa.gov

Josh Binda

Council Member

  • ProfileCouncil Position #3
    Elected in 2021
    jbinda@lynnwoodwa.gov

Patrick Decker

Council Member

  • ProfileCouncil Position #2
    Elected in 2021
    Pdecker@lynnwoodwa.gov

Shannon Sessions

Council Member

  • ProfileCouncil Position #7
    Elected in 2015
    email: ssessions@LynnwoodWA.gov

Shirley Sutton

Council Member

  • ProfileCouncil Position #1
    Elected in 2021
    ssutton@lynnwoodwa.gov

The seven members of the Lynnwood City Council are elected at-large for four-year terms. Some of their duties include:

  • Citizen representation for the City of Lynnwood
  • Provide for public safety and health
  • Make laws
  • Adopt regulations and budgets
  • Levy taxes
  • Authorize public improvements
  • Issue Proclamations

 

WORK SESSIONS

Work Sessions are held on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Monday of the month and the 3rd Wednesday of the month.

During Work Sessions City Council Members are able to discuss topics, receive briefings, reports and memorandums from City staff as well as hear presentations from City staff and outside organizations. During a Work Session, no formal decisions can be made by the Council. The Council follows Robert's Rules of Order during their meetings to allow for courtesy and orderly flow of the meetings. During Work Sessions is not an opportunity for public comments.

BUSINESS MEETINGS

Regular Business Meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month.

Business Meetings follow a very formal and specific format. During a Regular Business Meeting City Council Members make a formal vote on items that were discussed at a previous Work Session, adopt previous meeting minutes, and present proclamations and resolutions. During Regular Business Meetings members of the public have an opportunity during the 'Citizen Comments' portion of the agenda to make a comment to the Council on any topic.

OTHER MEETINGS

Periodically the City Council holds other meetings such as Special Work Sessions and Special Business Meetings. During these meetings, only the items listed on the agenda may be discussed. 

PUBLIC HEARINGS

Public Hearings may be held during Regular Business Meetings or Special Business Meetings, and allows the public to attend and make a comment regarding the specific topic of the public hearing. 

Three members of the City Council serve on the Finance Committee to provide guidance on fiscal matters and new proposals with budgetary impacts. Meetings of the Finance Committee are open to the public, and are typically held on the 4th Thursday of each month at 3:00 PM. 

These meetings do not include public comment, but do offer residents and opportunity to observe discussions on important financial topics. Normally the Finance Committee does not meet during the months of August and December.