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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 8:30 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

Jason Lundgren

Position 1. Jason Lundgren was appointed to the City Council on January 23, 2018. He was reelected to the same position in November 2019 for a four year term beginning in 2020.

Committee Membership: Parks, Public Works, and Upper Valley Park & Recreation Service Area.

Jason’s Email

Zeke Reister

Position 2. Zeke Reister was appointed to the City Council on February 11, 2020.

Committee Membership: Public Works, Housing, Downtown Steering , Festhalle Oversight , and Leavenworth Area Promotions.

Zeke’s Email

Anne Hessburg – Mayor Pro Tempore

Position 3. Anne Hessburg was elected to the City Council in November 2019 and began serving on the City Council in January 2020. She had previously served on the Planning Commission from 2010 through 2019. Anne currently works for Grette Associates, LLC with a background in environmental permitting, land use planning, and code administration. Her work experience includes natural resource management, Shoreline Management Act permitting, building and land use permitting, comprehensive plan and zoning amendments, and writing, interpretation, administration, and enforcement of county and municipal codes. She also has extensive experience working with SEPA, Critical Areas Ordinances, Shoreline Management, and zoning for both rural and urban areas. In addition, Anne has training in stream typing and ordinary high water mark identification from the Washington Departments of Ecology and Natural Resources. She has worked with local, state, and federal agencies in north-central Washington on environmental permitting issues for over thirteen years. Anne’s long range planning experience includes drafting, editing, and review of policy and regulatory language for the Chelan County Shoreline Master Program update; and drafting and editing language for zoning, development and critical area regulations. She chairs the Parking Advisory Committee and is a  member of the Residential Advisory Committee for Leavenworth, is a Leadership Circle member for the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust with seats on the Governance, Lands and Outreach committees, and sits on the Board of Directors for the Leavenworth Film Festival.

Committee Membership: Economic Development, Public Safety, Finance, Residential Advisory, and Parking Advisory.

Anne’s Email

Carolyn Wilson

Carolyn Wilson

Position 4. Carolyn Wilson 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 Accordion 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.

Committee Membership: Economic Development, Parks, Public Safety, Festhalle Oversight, and Leavenworth Golf Club.

Carolyn’s Email

Sharon Waters

Position 5. I love this community and I love serving as a Leavenworth City Councilmember. I encourage you to attend City Council Study Sessions (2nd Tuesday each month at 8:30 am) and City Council meetings (2nd and 4th Tuesdays each month at 6:30 pm). The Planning Commission meetings are on the 1st Wednesday at 7 pm and the Design Review Board the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays at 3 pm. There are also six City Council Committee meetings and several City Council Ad Hoc Committee meetings… all are open to the public. Please let us know what you think, what your ideas are and what further information you might need.

I was born and raised in the North end of Seattle, graduating from Shoreline High School in 1962. I married a home town boy, Walter “Butch” Waters (sadly Butch passed in 2015). We have 6 grown children, 16 grandchildren, and 10 great grandchildren. I retired after 32 years with the Cascade School District and this summer will be my 38th year working at our local swimming pool.

Please get involved…Leavenworth is a busy city with many projects in the works at any given time…I believe it is critical that we hear “your” voices as well as the voices in the surrounding Leavenworth area (as they are sometimes affected by our decisions).

I am retired, have the time and I am committed to serving the citizens and businesses in Leavenworth to the best of my ability.

Committee Memberships: Parks, Public Works, Downtown Steering, Festhalle Oversight, Residential Advisory, Chelan/Douglas Health District Board Member, Upper Valley Museum Board Member, Solid Waste Council, Chumstick Coalition Steering Committee City Representative.

Sharon’s Email

Clint Strand

Position 6. Clint Strand was elected to the City Council in November 2017 and and began serving on the City Council in January 2018.

Committee Membership: Housing, Public Safety, Finance, and Downtown Steering.

Clint’s Email

Mia Bretz

Position 7. 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

Committee Membership: Economic Development, Housing, Finance, Residential Advisory, Parking Advisory, Leavenworth Area Promotions, Link Transit, and Upper Valley Park & Recreation Service Area.

Mia’s Email

 

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