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Press Release: Resignation of Councilmember Robert Francis »

Press Release

City of Leavenworth
700 Highway 2
Post Office Box 287
Leavenworth, Washington  98826

Telephone:  (509) 548-5275
Fax:  (509) 548-6429


Joel Walinski
City Administrator
August 26, 2016



Leavenworth City Councilmember Robert (Bob) Francis announced his resignation from the City Council effective August 23, 2016. Council Member Francis was appointed to the Leavenworth City Council on November 28, 2008 by Mayor Robert Eaton; Bob was elected to the position in 2009 and again in 2013. Bob served on numerous Council Committees during his tenure including Public Safety, Finance and Public Works. He also served on the City’s Residential Advisory Committee.

Councilmember Francis retired from the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office in 2015 with 26 years of service. He also has served as a board member of Projekt Bayern, and is an active participant in many of the Cascade School District programs. Bob’s service to the community of Leavenworth has been invaluable and he will be missed.

Council Member Francis stated that the accomplishment that he is most proud of over the course of his tenure, is the change in the relationship between the City and the Community – businesses and residents. Changes brought about in the Leavenworth Municipal Code, City procedures and changes in personnel have brought about a change for the better in that relationship. Council Member Francis pointed out the hardest part for the Council is hearing the opinions of friends and neighbors, but yet taking a position that is best for the entire town.

The City will begin the process of filling the City Council position held by Council Member Robert Francis by accepting letters of interest from City residents interested in serving on the Council. Under Washington law, the City Council has 90 days to appoint a city resident to fill the vacancy.  Under Washington law qualified applicants must be a registered voter, must reside within the City and have lived within the City limits for at least one year. More information on the process, timeline and application will be posted on the City’s Website next week.

Request for Quotes: Design & Build Skate Park »

The City of Leavenworth is soliciting interest from firms with expertise in the design and construction of a Community Skate Park. The contractor is being asked to provide complete design and build services for a state of the art poured in place Skate Park at Enchantment Park in Leavenworth, Washington.

Quotations are due at Leavenworth City Hall no later than 4:00 PM on September 15, 2016.

Please review the following documents:

Request for Quotes
Small Works Construction Contract

For additional information, please contact:

Joel Walinski, City Administrator


The US Navy Band will perform at the Festhalle on September 4th »

Navy Band Ticket

The City of Leavenworth is very fortunate and proud to be hosting The United States Navy Band “Country Current” performance on September 4, 2016 at 4:00 PM at the Festhalle.  Admission is FREE.

The United States Navy Band Country Current is the Navy’s premiere country-bluegrass ensemble. The group is nationally renowned for its versatility and “eye-popping” musicianship, performing a blend of modern country music and cutting-edge bluegrass. This seven member ensemble employs musicians from diverse backgrounds with extensive high-profile recording and touring experience in the music scenes of Nashville, New York, New Orleans and more. In the tradition of country music, each member is a skilled performer on multiple instruments. The band utilizes banjo, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandolin, fiddle, electric bass, upright bass, dobro, pedal steel guitar and drum set.

Festhalle doors open at 3:30 PM and the show starts at 4:00 PM. Ticket holders are requested to arrive before 3:45 PM as the general public will be admitted at 3:50 PM. Tickets are available at Leavenworth City Hall and the Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce. Again, tickets are free but are limited to 4 tickets per person.  Come and enjoy some amazing musicians!

Country Current Concert Promotional Poster

Leavenworth Firewise Coalition Meeting »

The “Leavenworth Firewise Coalition” will meet with some very knowledgeable people for their presentation on becoming a Firewise Community. Their presentation will explain why and how we can establish our Firewise Coalition. As we all know the risk of fires in our area is a major concern, more than ever and we need to be prepared as best as we can for a fire disaster. A coalition is defined as an alliance or union between groups, factions, or parties, especially for some temporary and specific reason. Our specific reason is simple: how do we best protect our valuable property from a fire disaster?

The meeting is set for:

Date: August 10, 2016 (Wednesday)
Time: 7:00 PM
Place: Leavenworth Fire Station Conference Room

The presentation will include the following organizations and people:

Chelan County Fire District Fire Chief: Kelly O’Brien
Chumstick Wildfire Stewardship Coalition Director: Hilary Lundgren
Cascade Conservation District Education & Outreach Specialist: Amanda Levesque Newell
AAA of Washington Insurance Specialist: Joe Gluzinski

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