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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

Elmer Larsen

Elmer Larsen

Position 1. 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.

Elmers Email

Larry Meyer

Larry Meyer

Position 2. Larry Meyer earned his Bachelor of Arts in Education in 1967 from Lewis and Clark State College and his Masters in Education from the University of Oregon in 1974. He taught Math, Art, and Writing for 30 years in Reedsport, Oregon. In 1991 he received the Howard Hinnman Fellowship to write his first classroom motivational book. It was released in Mobile, Alabama in 1992 at an educational conference. He currently speaks to educators and shares his valuable techniques and stories.

He and his wife Paula owned Captain Bly’s Gift and Art Gallery in Winchester Bay, Oregon from 1982-1997. In 1983 they established Captain Bly’s Educational Foundation and in 1998 it was moved to Leavenworth where it continues to have a positive impact on students lives. The Foundation provides funding to the 5th and 6th grades of Osborne Elementary and Icicle River Middle School for their annual Speech Fest. This opportunity helps students improve their public speaking skills and builds their confidence and self-esteem. The Foundation also offers grants to older students returning to college.

In 1998 the Meyers moved to Leavenworth and have been involved with Village Art in the Park, Projekt Bayern, The Autumn Leaf Festival, and other non-profits.

Larry was appointed to the City Council in 2010 and elected to a full term in 2011.

Larry’s Email

Tibor Lak

Tibor Lak

Position 3. Tibor Lak was elected to the Leavenworth City Council and began his first term in 2004. He is currently serving his third term which began in 2012. If you would like to contact Tibor, please call 509 860-9115 or send an email.

Tibor’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

Michael Molohon

Michael Molohon

Position 6. Michael was educated in private schools before attending the University of South Dakota School of Business where he graduated with a BA in Business Administration. He was a commissioned officer in the US Army’s Adjutant General Corp where he served 3 years at various locations in Germany.

Following his military service, Michael taught English at the Berlitz School of Languages in Berlin, Germany and conducted tours of western Europe with a company based in Switzerland. He also served as office manager and sales agent for a large antique dealer in Upper Bavaria and managed a retail store in Munich, Germany.

Upon returning to the US, after 14 years abroad, Michael owned two businesses in Solvang, California where he also served as an honorary Chamber Ambassador until moving to Leavenworth in 1990.

Michael currently owns Ganz Klasse!, a retail store located at 843 Front Street, and has been employed by Sleeping Lady Mountain Retreat since 1996 where he is currently the senior group sales manager. Michael was elected to the Leavenworth City Council in 2008. He additionally has served as a board member of the Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce, and is an active participant on Programs such as Economic Development, Redevelopment/Downtown Steering Committee, Parks Committee, AG Tourism, Arts Committees, and Leavenworth Pride. Michael also officiates at scores of weddings each year in the upper Wenatchee Valley.

Michael’s Email

John Bangsund

John Bangsund

Position 7. John M. Bangsund is serving his first term on the Leavenworth City Council. He previously served the constituents of Chelan County Fire District #3 as a Fire Commissioner for 18 years.

John grew up in Seattle, graduated from Pacific Lutheran University in 1971, and then moved to Western Alaska where he and his wife Kathy taught school in three small Eskimo villages for 7 years before they moved to the Icicle Valley in 1978.

John was the founding principal of Upper Valley Christian School in Leavenworth and continued there until 2010 when he retired. He has also served as an assistant football coach at Cascade High School since 1986. Together, he and Kathy operate an Adult Family Home, The Dwelling Place, home of the 5 Amigos.

John and Kathy have 3 children, one granddaughter and more on the way.

John’s Email


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