District-Based Election System Established.
On August 9, 2018, the Wenatchee City Council passed Ordinance No. 2018-19 which establishes five voting districts and two at-large for the positions of City Council Members. The Ordinance will go into effect on September 13, 2018. At the August 23, 2018, City Council meeting the City Council determined representatives for each district. See Resolution No. 2018-29
The Council District Map can be found here.
The Wenatchee City Council consists of seven members who have been elected by the residents of Wenatchee to serve staggered terms.
In general, the Council develops and adopts City policies that govern operations proposed by the Mayor. The Council establishes and outlines goals and priorities, including budgetary framework and personnel policies. The Council does not make personnel decisions or manage the work of City employees.
The Council approves all City contracts and expenditures and provides guidance to the Mayor or other City representatives.
Regular meetings of the Wenatchee City Council are held the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month at 5:15 PM. Work sessions are held the 3rd Thursday of the month at 5:15 PM. Meetings are held at the Wenatchee City Hall, 301 Yakima Street, 2nd Floor, Wenatchee, WA.
The mailing address for the City Council is: PO Box 519, Wenatchee, WA 98807-0519.
The Wenatchee City Council is comprised of the following seven members:
In June of 2007, Jim retired from his 38-year teaching post at Wenatchee High School. In addition to his WHS teaching duties, Jim also served as adjunct faculty at Wenatchee Valley College and Seattle Pacific University. He has served on various state-wide professional boards and committees for a number of organizations, including the Washington Education Association, the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction for the State of Washington, and the Washington State Council for the Social Studies.
Ruth Esparza is an experienced attorney in Wenatchee Washington. Ruth's mission is to empower her clients, protect their rights, and achieve fair results. She attended Wenatchee Valley College earning her Associates of Arts Degree in 2000. She graduated from Gonzaga University with a Political Science Degree in 2002. At Gonzaga University School of Law, Ruth earned a Juris Doctorate Degree in 2005.
Travis grew up in a rural community in northern Idaho. He graduated from Upper Columbia Academy in 1994. He then graduated with his RN Nursing Degree from Walla Walla Community College in 1999. Travis and his wife, Dr. Shauna Hornby, moved to Wenatchee in 2006 after she finished her residency in Pediatrics. Travis is a small business owner of Blue Palm Frozen Yogurt in Moses Lake, Washington.
Travis is passionate about our community and serves on many boards and committees. He is president of Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance, vice president of Wenatchee Valley TREAD, vice chair for the Resource Advisory Committee, and a member of Stemilt Recreation Planning Committee.
Travis is energized to serve the residents of Wenatchee and District 4. District 4 is the heart of Wenatchee. He is focusing on business development and creating a friendly business environment. With forward and strategic thinking, Wenatchee can provide more in the area of better job opportunities and generate avenues for economic growth.
Travis and his wife enjoy the great outdoors of the Wenatchee Valley. Hiking, mountain biking, snow skiing, fishing, white water rafting, water skiing and boating. His vision is to improve the quality of life for all residents and to promote and protect the amazing qualities of the city of Wenatchee.
Born and raised in Wenatchee, Mark was elected in 2003, and re-elected in 2007, 2011, 2015 and 2019. Mark is a graduate of Eastern Washington University and brings more than 40 years of professional land use planning experience to the Council.
In addition to his City Council responsibilities, Mark is a member of the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners (FAICP), the Professional Advisory Committee for Eastern Washington University’s Department of Urban and Regional Planning and the Rotary Club of Wenatchee (Downtown). He also holds the designation of Advanced Certified Municipal Leader bestowed by the Association of Washington Cities.
Mark is grateful for the opportunity to serve on the Council and be part of a team of elected officials and employees who share a dedication to creating a world-class community, and believes that together we can build a better City for current and future generations.
Current Council/Intergovernmental Assignments:
City Council Priorities:
Linda has been a resident of the Wenatchee Valley since 1979, where she met her husband David and raised their two children, John and Jason. Linda and David have five grandchildren with whom they spend much of their time. Linda enjoys camping, hiking, reading and photographing. Wenatchee has remained home for them because they love the many recreational activities available and the sense of volunteering and hospitality that Wenatchee embodies.
Linda attended Spokane Falls Community College and Wenatchee Valley College studying business. Since 1986, she has worked in the hospitality industry and for the past twelve years, she has had the privilege of serving as Sales Director at the Wenatchee Convention Center. Her love for tourism and the benefits it brings to our community is the reason for her interest in serving as a Councilmember in the Wenatchee City Council. Tourism is our second largest industry and Linda believes it is a key component in solving many of our current economic problems.
Linda currently serves her community in the following organizations: Wenatchee Central Lions, former President, board member; Washington State Apple Blossom Festival, board member; Wenatchee Applarians, member of the round table; Washington Executive Society, former board member and associate member of the year.
Linda's concerns about the City of Wenatchee include resolving outstanding debt with Town Toyota Center, economic development, Riverside Drive development, promoting and expanding our tourism base, maintaining our quality of life and safety in Wenatchee. As a longtime resident of Wenatchee, she is excited to serve her community in the Wenatchee City Council.
Keith’s main goal is to reach out to the citizens of Wenatchee for their input. “The tax payers of Wenatchee deserve a voice in how their money is spent. My desire is to be one of those voices for the citizens of Wenatchee. I encourage all citizens of Wenatchee to get involved in the future of our great city! I’m looking forward to hearing from all of you.”
Keith also feels he can be a great asset in helping the city of Wenatchee get back to a position of financially stability, while continuing to provide ample safety and city appeal. He believes the city of Wenatchee is going to need to live conservatively for the next few years to recover from the current state of the economy and financial position Wenatchee is currently in. “These are tough financial times not only for the citizens of Wenatchee, but all of Washington state and America. Tough choices need to be made now for the future of Wenatchee, our children and generations to come.”
Keith and his wife Robin have raised 6 children in the Wenatchee valley and now have 16 grandchildren. Robin was born and raised here and enjoys all the Wenatchee valley has to offer. She recently retired from a long career in the dental field and currently enjoys working at the Gilded Lily.
In their free time, they are members of the Wenatchee Row and Paddle club, love to walk and bike on our many trails, gardening, camping, reading, frisbee golf and attending their grandchildren’s many activities.