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City of Leavenworth Mission Statement: 
The City of Leavenworth is a community of creative people dedicated, as partners, to effectively serving the diverse needs of City residents, business interests, visitors, and our upper Valley neighbors.

Meeting Information

The City Council meets at 6:30 pm in the Leavenworth City Hall Council Chambers on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month.

Additionally, the Council holds a monthly Study Session at 9:00 am on the second Tuesday of each month to discuss upcoming actions.

If you are unable to attend a regularly scheduled City Council meeting, please feel free to send us your feedback on a specific agenda item to this email address.

Meeting Agendas and Minutes

Council Subcommittees Meeting Information

Members of the City Council are assigned to various subcommittees each year. These meetings are open to the public and typically take place in the City Hall Conference Room.

Contacting the City Council

If you wish to contact a member individually, you may use one of the email links below.  Or you may wish to Email the Mayor and City Council  as a group.

City Council Members

Gretchen Wearne

Position 1. Gretchen Wearne grew up in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Northern California. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of San Francisco in 2010. After earning her degree, she joined the Intermountain AmeriCorps of North Central Washington. She served two terms with the AmeriCorps at the Peshastin-Dryden Elementary School and at Wenatchee Valley College. After the AmeriCorps, Ms. Wearne worked for the College Assistance Migrant Program at WVC before transitioning to her current role as Icicle Brewing Company’s Tasting Room Manager.  When time allows, Ms. Wearne also enjoys picking up shifts as a substitute librarian at the Leavenworth Public Library. She is serving her first term on the Leavenworth City Council.

Gretchen’s Email

Mia Bretz

Position 2. I am honored to be serving you in my first term on the Leavenworth City Council. It energizes me to think what our dynamic entrepreneurs and diverse citizenry will bring to our city over the next few years.  I aim to partner with you for community-based solutions and accessible city government, so we can build a stronger Leavenworth together.

My husband Jay and I have three kids and I was fortunate to spend several years at home with them during their very early years. Globally, our most important work is raising our next generation to be intelligent, compassionate and curious adults.  Before kids I received Bachelors Degrees in Economics and in Community, Environment and Planning from the University of Washington.  I studied community development, urban planning, natural resource economics and environmental issues because with a little bit of foresight, I believe local communities are who will make this world a better place.  I worked for the City of Shoreline and the Washington Toxics Coalition. Currently, I work as the Executive Director for the non-profit Mountain Sprouts, a preschool and child care.  I volunteer with the Cascade School District and with local childrens’ sports programs.

I look forward to getting to know you too and there are many ways to connect!
Learn more about me and my council work on my website: miabretz.com

Connect with me on Facebook: facebook.com/mia.leavenworthcouncil/

Send me an email or give me a call at (509) 888-1596

Mia’s Email

Margaret Neighbors

Position 3. Margaret grew up in Port Orchard, Washington and graduated from South Kitsap High School and Olympic College in Bremerton, and then attended the University of Washington where she majored in fine arts. She lived in the Seattle area until retiring to the Leavenworth area in 1997 with her husband, Lyle.  Lyle passed away in 2003 and in 2009 Margaret moved to her present home inside the city limits. Her mother is a resident at Mountain Meadows and her son, daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren also call Leavenworth home.

Margaret worked for Pacific Northwest Bell/US West in data systems for 23 years, holding management positions including technical writer, project manager, process improvement manager; and provided staff support for three computer centers specializing in standardization, security and disaster preparedness and recovery.

After moving to Leavenworth she chaired the Empty Bowls Festival for eight years and served on the Upper Wenatchee Valley Habitat for Humanity Board and the statewide Lutheran Public Policy board.   She is an active member of Faith Lutheran Church, the Leavenworth Sustainability Alliance, and an avid quilter.

If you would like to contact her please send an email or phone her on (509) 387-0883.

Margaret’s Email

Carolyn Wilson

Carolyn Wilson

Position 4. Carolyn was born and raised in California. She moved to Leavenworth in 1997 to be close to her daughter and her family. She also served a previous term on City Council from 2002 until 2006.

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Earth Science from Pacific Lutheran University, and a Master’s Degree from the University of California, Davis.

She is a former Jr. High School and High School Teacher and Coach. Carolyn was also in law enforcement for many years. She was a City Police Officer, and also a federally-sworn Tribal Police Officer on the Miwuk Reservation in California, where she obtained the rank of Sergeant.

Carolyn has appeared in seven Leavenworth Summer Theater productions, and has served on the boards of the Upper Valley Museum, Chelan-Douglas Health District, Leavenworth Jr. Miss, Art in the Park, and Ski Hill Heritage Foundation. She has been a volunteer for Accordian Fest, Fasching, and MaiFest. She is a member of Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church, and worked in the past with Orphan’s Hope ministry.

Her hobbies include writing short stories and she is an acrylic artist. And if life permitted it, she would spend everyday on the golf course.

Carolyn’s Email

Robert Francis

Robert Francis

Position 5. Robert Francis was appointed to the Leavenworth City Council on November 25, 2008. On January 10, 2012 he was elected by the Councilmembers as the Mayor Pro-Tempore. In the absence of the Mayor, the Mayor Pro-Tempore runs the meetings of the Council and has the legislative authority that is authorized for the Mayor’s position.

Robert’s Email

Richard Brinkman

Position 6.

Richard’s Email

Elmer Larsen

Elmer Larsen

Position 7. Elmer was first elected to the Leavenworth  City Council in 1987 and served eleven years until 1998 when he was elected Mayor to complete the remaining two year term of the previous Mayor who had stepped down. In 2000 he did not seek re-election because of the demands of his regular employment. Eight years later in 2008 he again ran for City Council and was elected to his present position.

For the past 30 years Elmer has made his living as a software developer.  For fifteen years he ran his own software development and consulting business. His main focus was developing children’s educational programs for the PC market. At one time he had seven programs on the US market with three of them having been converted into French, German and Japanese for the foreign markets. For a time he taught computer programming at the Leavenworth High School and later was employed by the Chelan County PUD as a software programmer from where he retired in 2009. If you would like to contact Elmer, please call (509) 548-4662.

Elmer’s Email

 

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