The Sound Cities Association, which represents 38 King County cities, has announced the election of officers and board members to lead the organization in 2019, including the appointment of Pacific Mayor Leanne Guier as SCA president.

Pacific Mayor Leanne Guier // Courtesy of SCA.

Guier is the first president from Pacific in the 50-year history of the SCA, which provides regional leadership in areas such as economic and community development, transportation, land use, health, government operations, the environment, education, public safety, social welfare and other public policy issues.

“Mayor Guier has the leadership qualities needed to unite our cities to achieve common goals,” stated King County executive Dow Constantine. “As vice president of Sound Cities Association, she demonstrated the ability to create strong coalitions that knit together one of the largest metropolitan regions in the country. I look forward to working with her in her new role as president.”

Additional appointments include Kent Mayor Dana Ralph, who has been elected to serve as vice president, and Redmond councilmember Hank Margeson, who has been elected treasurer. Director at large Lake Forrest Park Deputy Mayor Catherine Stanford and immediate past president Mayor David Baker of Kenmore round out the SCA Executive Committee. In addition, Renton City councilmember Ed Prince was unanimously elected to serve his second term as the chair of the Public Issues Committee.

“These strong and dedicated leaders all have a reputation for getting things done in their cities and for our region,” said Deanna Dawson, SCA executive director, in making the announcement. “They represent cities of all size throughout King County and understand the critical issues facing our member cities. I am confident we will see tremendous results and success this year.”

“Mayor Ralph is an extraordinary regional partner, a dedicated advocate for her city, and a wonderful friend,” stated King County councilmember Dave Upthegrove. “I’m so happy to see her elected to this leadership role with Sound Cities Association.”

“Councilmember Margeson has a long history of leading on regional issues, and I am pleased that he has been elected Treasurer of the SCA Board,” added King County councilmember Claudia Balducci. “In my experience, he shows up, he pays attention, and he asks hard questions. All of which make him a great choice to help lead SCA. I look forward to working with him in his new role and wish him great success.”

Dawson said that SCA will be welcoming two new board members in 2019: Bob Larson, Snoqualmie city administrator, and Bothell Deputy Mayor Davina Duerr.

Reelected to the SCA Board were Mercer Island city council Bruce Bassett, Federal Way Mayor Jim Ferrell, Covington Mayor Jeff Wagner, Auburn Mayor Nancy Backus, and Duvall Mayor Amy Ockerlander.

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