Lynnwood City Council elects Frizzell council president, Sessions vice president

From left, Lynnwood City Council Vice President Shannon Session and Council President Christine Frizzell.

The Lynnwood City Council voted unanimously at its Jan. 13 business meeting to elect Councilmember Christine Frizzell as the 2020 council president

The vote was 6-0, with Councilmember Julieta Altamirano-Crosby absent — to elect Frizzell as the council president. 

During the council’s Jan. 6 work session, Frizzell said that if elected she would she would make housing in the city her number-one priority. She also spoke to her previous experience serving as the council’s vice president, a position she held in 2019.

“I have a few more ideas that I’d like to put out there as we work together with (city) staff and with each member of the council to make sure everybody’s voices are heard and everybody’s voices are taken into consideration as we move forward with the amazing year ahead of us,” she said.

Prior to the vote, Councilmember George Hurst — who initially announced he would be running against Frizzell for the position — withdrew his name from consideration. 

Speaking to his decision to withdraw his name, Hurst said he had faith that Frizzell would be well suited for the position. 

Additionally, Councilmember Shannon Sessions was elected council vice president, a position she also held in 2018, Sessions said she looks forward to ensuring that the city council is being “more proactive and forward facing to the community.”

Also during the meeting, the council elected members to the following city boards and commission positions:

  • Alliance for Housing Affordability — Councilmember Ian Cotton, with Councilmember Jim Smith serving as the alternate.
  • Community Transit Board — Mayor Nicola Smith
  • Lynnwood Tourism Advisory Council — Councilmember Cotton, with Council Vice President Sessions serving as the alternate.
  • Snohomish County 911 Board — Councilmember Hurst will serve with Lynnwood Police Chief Tom Davis. Councilmember Smith will serve as the alternate.
  • Snohomish County Health District — Council President Frizzell
  • Snohomish County Tomorrow — Councilmember Altamirano-Crosby

Also, the council president appointed the following positions:

    • Arts Commission — Councilmember Ruth Ross
    • Audit & Ins./Finance Committee — Councilmembers Frizzell, Hurst and Altamirano-Crosby
    • Disability Board — Councilmembers Sessions and Smith
    • History and Heritage Board — Council Vice President Frizzell
    • Human Services Commission — Councilmember Smith
    • Lynnwood Public Facilities District — Councilmember Cotton
    • Lynnwood Citizens Patrol Volunteers — Council President Frizzell
    • Lynnwood Vips Volunteers — Councilmember Smith
    • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Commission — Councilmember Ross
    • Parks and Rec and Cultural Arts — Councilmember Altamirano-Crosby
    • Planning Commission — Councilmember Hurst, with Councilmember Ross serving as the alternate
    • Sister City Board — Councilmember Altamirano-Crosby

In other business, the council discussed agenda topics for its annual summit meeting, which will be held Feb. 8 at Lynnwood’s Community Life Center.

Among the topics to be included are low-income and affordable housing, homelessness, and the effects of Initiative 976, which aims to limit car license tab fees to $30.

To see the full council summit agenda, click here.

–Story and photo by Cody Sexton

  1. . Three concerns: How did Emergency shelters work for our homeless this winter? The Library was closed and I was concerned. Our church provided Friday meals prior to March 15th 2020 and worked with Jean Kim Foundation. Is there a recent report from the taskforce on the current situation with provisions for homeless? 2. I belong to Toastmasters and we have been in touch via ZOOM. Lynnwood Lunchmasters met at Alfys for years and we are now looking for a new Restaurant Home to resume in-person meetings. From the start we will make note of local businesses which we can support as we meet and buy necessities or enjoy a Restaurant meal. If you know such a Restaurant with meeting room which fills that bill Great…. Also if you know someone on the Lynnwood Chamber of Commerce that would also help. I don’t mind being a scout and checking out area Restaurants for right size meeting rooms. If a member of the City Council would be willing to attend one of our meetings. Excellent. 3. Personal request: My son and his wife just returned from Africa and need housing. He is a Chess Master and teaches chess for after school, programs….. hence they could leave for several months. When they left last fall they were paying $1400 a month in rent. They even need temporary housing while they look. ( I live in a one bed room apt.) Please call me at 425 – 582 – 2768. Thank you, Cathy Roper, MSW and Nanny. I already made a full comment above My phone number is 425

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