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, 129 South Chelan, Wenatchee, WA.
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.
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Mike Poirier (2019)
118 North Chelan Avenue
Wenatchee, WA 98801
(509) 888-8007 (ext. 204)
Mike Poirier has a 28-year insurance career and is President of CPW Insurance, Inc. Mike graduated from Wenatchee High School in 1982 and continued his education, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in 1986 from Eastern Washington University with an emphasis in Recreation and Leisure Services and Business Administration. His area of priority is infrastructure for balanced growth and with keeping Wenatchee the best place to live.
Mike’s volunteer service includes volunteering in Wenatchee School District classrooms and sixth grade camp. He has been involved in land development for needed housing in the Wenatchee Valley. He has served as a board member of Hospitality House and Haven of Hope, and as Board President of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program. His experiences will allow him to make the best decisions for our community, including balancing land development with the valley’s beautiful trails.
Mike loves the outdoors and uses the trails in our valley for hiking and biking with friends for daily exercise. He and his wife of 30 years, Maureen, have three grown daughters. Mike appreciates the diversity, education, and small business climate of Wenatchee. He will use his business and leadership skills to serve the Wenatchee citizens well.
Born and raised in Wenatchee, Mark is grateful for the opportunity to serve the public. He was elected in 2003, and re-elected in 2007, 2011 and 2015. Mark is a graduate of Eastern Washington University and brings more than 35 years of professional land use planning experience to the Council. He also currently serves as the Land Services Director for Douglas County in East Wenatchee.
Lyle Markhart (2019)
635 Kittitas Street
Wenatchee, WA 98801
Lyle is a retired Link Coach operator. He worked for Link for 20 years. He took 2 years of Spanish at Wenatchee Valley College and can still speak it some. After serving the public with Link, he decided to put his people skills to use on the City Council. While at Link, he received multiple safety awards. His top priorities for the City are transportation, senior citizens, and South Wenatchee where he lives.
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.