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Emergency Medical Services Week

This month, I recognized May 19-25 as Emergency Medical Services Week. We pause to recognize the women and men who respond to take care of us in our hour of need. These trained emergency medical dispatchers, first responders, firefighters, emergency... Full story


Feeling safe through community partnership l Mayor's Message

\When it comes to delivering services efficiently and well, there is nothing more important than the public safety services we provide. We are fortunate to have career professionals in our fire and police departments who keep us safe. However, law...


Join a focus group to help shape the city’s clean water stewardship campaign l Mayor's Message

We are entering the rainy season. When rain falls on parking lots, streets, and roofs it doesn’t soak into our soil. Instead, it runs along these surfaces collecting oil, grease, fertilizer, and other pollutants before entering a storm drain and...


Cool learning for ‘Cool Girls’ l Mayor's Message

Two days ago, a group of amazing young Mukilteo girls celebrated an awesome accomplishment with our City Council. They were accepted into, and completed, the city’s “Cool Girls in Aerospace” summer workshop. In partnership with Edmonds... Full story


A housing conversation

What image pops into your mind when you hear “affordable housing”? Is it of a large complex of run-down apartments occupied by the poor and unemployed who rely on government subsidies for their housing? If so, I encourage you to consider a more...


‘Cool Girls in Aerospace’ l Mayor's Message

Encouraging women to pursue careers in aerospace isn’t just about preparing the future of the workforce. The fact is that jobs in science, technology, engineering and math - also called “STEM” - pay 33 percent more on average than non-STEM...


Mukilteo Cares l Mayor's Message

In my first Action Agenda in 2014, I pledged to form a Green Team of city employees from every department, focused on ensuring that our city is a model of sustainability. Over the last three years we have done great work. The Green Team led to the...


Help preserve Mukilteo’s history l Mayor's Message

In 1906, Mukilteo’s Lighthouse opened its doors, at the affordable cost of $27,000 for construction. There have been 18 keepers who cared for the lighthouse since its opening, living in the quarters and keeping the light operational. These lighthou...


My 2018 action agenda l Mayor's Message

Serving as mayor has been the best job I have ever had, and I am so proud and honored to lead my hometown. Of course, these four years have not been easy. Our city has been shaken to its core, but we have come together and rebuilt our sense of...


Let’s ensure Rosehill serves all residents | Mayor's Message

We are so fortunate to have one of the most beautiful community centers in the nation. From its architecture to its amazing views of Puget Sound, we can all be proud of this community treasure. From my very first days in office as mayor, I have been... Full story


Map your neighborhood to prepare for emergencies | Mayor’s Message

Last year, I pledged to focus more attention on public safety prevention. We know that the best way to protect our community is to prevent accidents and injuries before they happen. I am proud that we have a new full-time fire marshal on board.... Full story


Safety in our city trumps immigration status | Mayor's Message

Our city’s shared vision states that the city of Mukilteo is a sustainable, well-run city with safe, strong neighborhoods. We also have committed to supporting our diverse and inclusive community as part of that vision statement. Recently, the... Full story


Stand together to make Mukilteo even stronger in 2017 | Mayor's Message

Each year, I have shared an action agenda with our community – the goals and initiatives that I will focus on. Well, this year at the very top in bold, purple letters is my top priority: Mukilteo...


Mukilteo sets a better example | Mayor's Message

One of the most divisive and stressful election seasons in our lifetime has just closed. Whether your favorite candidate won or lost this week, we are all left scratching our heads and wondering: “Now what?” Well, here in Mukilteo, we are setting...


Mukilteo Strong: City budget reflects our values | Mayor's Message

Every year that I have presented a preliminary budget to the community, I have been guided by the firm and abiding belief that our budget is more than simply a book of numbers, it is an expression of our values as a community. The choices we make...


Inspiring girls to follow their dreams | Mayor's Message

I loved growing up in Mukilteo. After college, I was fortunate to find a great career that allowed me to stay in my hometown and put down my own roots here. Before I ever became mayor, I followed my passion for yearbook journalism and became a sales...


We are a community in recovery | Mayor's Message

Just after midnight on July 30, our community was changed forever. We lost three beautiful lives – Jordan Ebner, Jake Long and Anna Bui. Will Kramer was seriously injured, and dozens of young people went through something no person should ever...


Measures would invest in public safety | Mayor's Message

The following column was co-authored by Mayor Jennifer Gregerson, Fire Chief Chris Alexander and Police Chief Chuck Macklin. In the upcoming Aug. 2 primary, voters across Snohomish County will be asked whether to approve additional revenue to...


Encouraging our young women to soar | Mayor's Message

In June 1951, Luella Armstrong graduated as the only woman in a class of 175 from the University of Washington’s aeronautical engineering program. While she wasn’t the first to graduate from the engineering program, she was representative of a...


What’s next for Paine Field? | Mayor's Message

Recently, a private developer released a set of architectural drawings for a proposed passenger terminal at Paine Field. It caused many in our community to ask: Is the fight to stop air service over?... Full story


A spring reminder to enjoy our outdoors | Mayor's Message

After this weekend, it certainly feels like spring is here. The weather outlook always includes some rain, so it may be a few more months before Mukilteo feels the beauty of our Washington spring. However, now is the time to take advantage of some...


Mayor’s agenda focused on partnerships | Mayor's Message

As I shared two years ago, I am committed to creating a culture of continuous improvement at City Hall. We shouldn’t rest on our laurels, and we should be leaders in addressing the challenges our region faces. This year, my Action Agenda is... Full story


Mayor to give state of the city address Jan. 23 | Mayor's Message

A few weeks ago, I reached the halfway point of my term as mayor. I really can’t believe how fast the time has gone by! A new year offers time to reflect on the last two years, including the lessons I have learned, and to plan for the future. I...


A season of gratitude | Mayor's Message

As we enjoy this special time of year, I want to take a few moments and reflect on some of the things I am grateful for this holiday season. I am most grateful for my wonderful family – especially our newest addition – my first nephew, Westley! My...


Share your thoughts about youth-senior partnership | Mayor's Message

Earlier this month, I presented my second annual budget proposal to our City Council. I was proud to present a balanced budget that keeps my promise to take a break from tax increases. It continues my commitment to align our budget to our... Full story


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