City & county governments
Bothell City Council
The Bothell City Council is a seven-member, policy-making body that governs city government. Each council member has equal decision-making powers, and the council meets three times each month (except August). All Bothell City Council positions are four-year terms. Council member positions are non-partisan, part-time positions.
King County Council
The Metropolitan King County Council, oversees the second largest government and the most populous county in Washington State. Each of the nine members of the King County Council represents a geographical district of approx. 217,000 residents. Council members are elected on a non-partisan basis and serve four-year terms.
As the legislative branch of county government, the council sets policies, enacts laws and adopts budgets that guide an array of services for this region, including:
- the criminal justice system of prosecutors and public defenders, District and Superior Courts, juvenile detention and adult jails;
- the King County Sheriff’s Office, which directly serves residents of unincorporated areas and contracts with many cities to provide police protection;
- public health and human services;
- Metro Transit bus service and county roads;
- wastewater treatment and solid waste management;
- regional parks, open space and trails; and
- elections, records and licensing.
King County Council District 1, Rod Dembowski
Rod is a life-long community volunteer, civic leader and highly respected attorney, recognized by Washington Law & Politics Magazine as a “Super Lawyer” and named six times as a “Rising Star” in our community. Born and raised in King County, he has spent a lifetime leading on issues from education funding to land use to transportation and transit. He brings a unique combination of public and private sector experience to bear in addressing the challenges facing our region
Snohomish County Council
The council’s duties include identifying and articulating the needs of the citizens of Snohomish County, and providing a framework for county administration to carry out its work efficiently, ensuring that county government responds effectively to the community’s needs. The county council adopts and enacts ordinances, resolutions, and motions; levies taxes; appropriates revenue; and adopts budgets for the county. The council confirms nominations to county boards and commissions and has concurrent authority with the county executive to nominate members to the Snohomish County Planning Commission. The council also appoints the hearing examiner.