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Khan sworn into council one month early

Whelpley moves out of Mukilteo city limits


December 11, 2019

Photo courtesy of Riaz Khan

Riaz Khan takes the oath of office at a City Council meeting Dec. 2.

Scott Whelpley has resigned from City Council nearly one month before Riaz Khan's start date. Khan was sworn into office Dec. 2.

Whelpley resigned after moving outside city limits. His last motion on council was to have Khan fill his position.

"Thank you to the staff," Whelpley said. "They have shown true leadership in what I have seen in my last four years."

He expressed gratitude to City staff for teaching him how to lead a city and how City staff are involved in the process.. But he said he has learned more about himself than anything else.

As a last message, Whelpley said the City should seriously be concerned about the future expansion of commercial areas. He said Paine Field is only going to continue expanding.

"There's nothing we can do about it. It's going to happen," he said. "You need to come to a realization. It's the truth."

The following week, Khan took the oath of office at the beginning of the council meeting. He defeated Christopher Maddux for Position 5 in the general election Nov. 5.

Khan said he will miss the work and leadership of Whelpley and Steve Schmalz, who will be leaving council at the end of the year.

"They have done much great work for the City," Khan said. "I am going to continue carrying the load."

Khan said he is looking forward to working with Joe Marine to "bring back the old Mukilteo." He said the early start date was unexpected, but he is excited to jump into the position.

"I am already aware of City happenings," he said, "which makes the transition smooth."

Khan said public safety is his priority. He aims to decrease gang activity and improve community policing. He also wants to provide transparency between the City and the community.

He said money belongs to the taxpayers, not the government, and aims to keep a "tight watch on finances" through frequent audits in order to be fully accountable as a government.

Khan has worked for 20 years as an engineer at Boeing. He earned his MBA from Saint Louis University in Illinois before his job brought him to Mukilteo.

He has three kids, and his wife works for Mukilteo School District as a substitute teacher. They attended his swearing-in Dec. 2.

Khan said he is excited to be the first Indian-American-Muslim councilmember in Mukilteo.


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