Pending move forces Marysville councilwoman to step down

MARYSVILLE — Councilwoman Carmen Rasmussen plans to resign from her position on the Marysville City Council.

Rasmussen, 46, made the decision to step down because she is moving outside of city limits. Her resignation is effective Dec. 31.

Rasmussen was appointed in December 2005 to fill a two-year unexpired term. She was elected to her Position 7 seat in January 2008 and reelected in November 2011.

Rasmussen said she enjoyed her time as a councilwoman.

“It’s hard to put it into just a few words but just the opportunity to serve the community is really humbling,” she said. “I’ve really enjoyed getting to know so many great people in this community and I’m a richer person because of the experience.”

Rasmussen and her husband, Darin, raised their two children, Andrea and Chris, in Marysville. The decision to move was made recently after Darin, a lieutenant with the Marysville Police Department, accepted a position as assistant chief of campus security at Western Washington University in Bellingham.

Rasmussen is a program coordinator for The Family Center of South Snohomish County, a program of Lutheran Community Services Northwest. As a councilwoman she helped decide city policy that led to the construction of the 156th Street NE overpass, improvements for State Avenue, Ingraham Boulevard, Strawberry Fields for Rover Off-Leash Park and other additional parks and walking trails, and the Healthy Communities initiative.

Rasmussen had a positive impact on the city and was a particularly strong advocate for parks and recreation, Mayor Jon Nehring said.

“She was an advocate (of) opportunities for families to have free or low-cost activities to participate in,” he said. “The perspective she provided on the council was extremely valuable.”

In addition to her role on the council, she served on the city’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, chaired the Marysville Fire District Board of Directors, and also served on the Cable TV Advisory Committee, Government Affairs Committee and Marysville Healthy Communities Leadership Committee.

The City Council is scheduled during the Jan. 7 meeting to discuss the application and selection process for filling the vacant seat for the city of about 60,000 people. Council members receive a $70-a-month stipend.

Amy Daybert: 425-339-3491; adaybert@heraldnet.com.

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