Edmonds bids farewell to its mayor

The Edmonds Center for the Arts was filled Thursday night with well-wishers who gathered to say good-bye to Edmonds Mayor Gary Haakenson, who is leaving the city Friday to become Snohomish County Deputy Executive. Haakenson, who has served as the city’s mayor since 2000, was feted by City of Edmonds employees, numerous elected officials, family…

Say farewell to Edmonds Mayor Haakenson Thursday

The public is invited to say goodbye to Edmonds Mayor Gary Haakenson Thursday during a reception and program at the Edmonds Center for the Arts. Coffee, punch, cake and light refreshments (provided by Olives Gourmet Foods and Resident Cheesemonger) will be served in the lobby, and the program will begin at 5 p.m. in the…

Good-bye party for Edmonds mayor on July 1

A farewell party is being organized July 1 for outgoing Edmonds Mayor Gary Haakenson, and the community is invited not only to attend but — in these budget-conscious times — to also contribute to the cost. The event will be at the Edmonds Center for the Arts on July1,¬†Haakenson’s last day on the job before…

Police to honor employees, citizens in National Police Week ceremony Monday

It’s National Police Week, and the Edmonds Police Department will be holding its annual awards ceremony on Monday to recognize the accomplishments of local police officers as well as the individual efforts of citizens who have gone above and beyond the call of duty. The ceremony will honor 17 public safety employees and four citizens,…

Council OKs resolution supporting work of Economic Development Commission

The Edmonds City Council took a substantial amount of time Tuesday night debating the fine points of two issues before them –how to best accommodate outdoor dining on city sidewalks and¬†how to word a resolution supporting the work of the newly formed Edmonds Economic Development Commission. In the end, the council decided to table a…

City budget, campaign finance reform hot topics for Council Tuesday night

Money — including a status report on the city’s biennial budget and a proposal to put a limit on mayor and city council campaign donations — was the main topic of conversation at Tuesday night’s Edmonds City Council meeting, In a brief presentation to the council, Mayor Gary Haakenson noted that the city is midway…

Diane Buckshnis appointed to fill vacant City Council seat

The Edmonds City Council Tuesday night appointed retired banker Diane Buckshnis to fill the position left vacant with the death of Councilmember Peggy Pritchard Olson last November. The speedy process took many in the room by surprise, coming on the second ballot when Adrienne Fraley-Monillas, Steve Bernheim, Dave Orvis and Michael Plunkett voted for Buckshnis,…

Fire District 1, Edmonds celebrate regional fire partnership

Officials from Snohomish County Fire District 1 and Edmonds celebrated their new regional fire service partnership with a reception held a Fire District 1 Headquarters recently. “This partnership is about fire service regionalization and the benefits it can bring to the citizens we serve over the long term,” said Fire District 1 Board Chairman Jim…