Everett Mayor-elect Cassie Franklin names transition team

The panel of 55 residents and community leaders is being asked to provide input on the city.

Everett Mayor-elect Cassie Franklin

Everett Mayor-elect Cassie Franklin

EVERETT — Mayor-elect Cassie Franklin has assembled a 55-member transition team to provide advice as her administration sets goals for the years ahead.

The panel is being asked to provide input on needs as well as opportunities. It includes business and nonprofit leaders, Everett residents and community organizers.

Among its ranks are a Boeing vice president and high school students. There are two school district superintendents as well as the county executive and sheriff. A sampling from the list includes businesses Fortive, Fluke and Funko; car dealers and college leaders; health, housing, labor and the local chapter of the NAACP. Though largely Everett-centric, the list names Arlington Mayor Barbara Tolbert, whom Franklin figures will add regional perspective.

By design, the list does not include city employees.

Franklin said she took suggestions but “they were all hand-picked by me.”

“I wanted this group to be as diverse as the community we are serving,” she said.

That diversity takes many forms, including age, people from the north, central and south parts of the city; big and small businesses as well as labor.

“It really is a good time for my new administration to listen to the community,” Franklin said. “I want this level of engagement moving forward.”

The plan is for the group to meet as a whole in early December and in small groups throughout the month. A final meeting and list of recommendations is expected in mid-January.

Franklin plans to announce key leadership roles within her administration in mid-December, but the transition advisory team has nothing to do with those selections. Franklin also continues to work with Mayor Ray Stephanson and his staff before she takes over in January.

The transition group will focus on public safety, economic development and civic engagement, and will be asked to identify key goals and set priorities within each category.

“This is a significant transition for our entire community, not just City Hall,” Franklin said. “We have an opportunity to take stock of where we are and what my administration needs to accomplish right away, as well as in the long term.”

Franklin’s plan is to address the large group when it first meets in December and step back from providing her own thoughts after that.

“It’s my time to listen,” she said. “I will be able to do my best listening by letting them do their work. I want to step away from the discussion so they really can be candid in their input.”

The city is hiring a consultant with expertise in gleaning information from large groups to guide the discussions and write the report.

Franklin said the work is not meant to duplicate initiatives taken by Stephanson or an Envision Everett 2037 report compiled last year.

Franklin won the Nov. 7 general election by 196 votes over fellow Councilwoman Judy Tuohy. She will take over a municipality with nearly 1,200 employees at full staffing and a yearly general-fund budget of about $132 million. The job pays about $182,000 per year.

Eric Stevick: 425-339-3446; stevick@heraldnet.com.

Mayor-elect Cassie Franklin’s transition advisory team

Monti Ackerman, Fluke Corp.

Niko Battle, Youth Representative

Ruth Bermudez, Community Representative

David Beyer, Everett Community College

Mary Jane Brell Vujovic, Snohomish County Human Services

Alyson Brynelson, Mukilteo School District

Robert Burton, Community Representative

Gary Cohn, Everett Public Schools

Anita Dietrich, Community Representative

Mary Anne Dillon, YWCA

Bob Dobler, Gamut 360 Holdings

Kevin Fan, Youth Representative

Jan Gaffney, Community Representative

Jorge Galindo, Community Representative

Faith Graf, Youth Representative

Janice Greene, Snohomish County NAACP

Nick Harper, Master Builders Association

Louis Harris, Snohomish County NAACP

Tom Hoban, Coast Real Estate

Carol Jensen, Faith leader

Christi King, Boeing

Chris Knapp, Community Representative

Tom Lane, Dwayne Lane Autos

Marci Larsen, Mukilteo School District

Jim Lico, Fortive

Brian Mariotti, Funko

Stacy Martin, Laborers’ Union Local 292

Bill McSherry, Boeing/Aerospace

Maddy Metzger-Utt, Community Foundation of Snohomish County

Erin Monroe, Workforce Snohomish

Vickie Norris, Attorney

Maria Pena, Everett Community College

Ed Petersen, Housing Hope/HopeWorks/ Everett Station District Alliance

Patrick Pierce, Economic Alliance Snohomish County

Paul Pitre, Washington State University-Everett

Wes Pringle, Fluke Corp.

Les Reardanz, Port of Everett

Erik Richardson, Small business owner

Buzz Rodland, Rodland Toyota

Mary Sievers, Community Representative

Andy Skotdal, Skotdal Real Estate

Mark Smith, Housing Consortium of Everett and Snohomish County

Dave Somers, Snohomish County Executive

Eric Sprink, Coastal Community Bank

Jonathan Stanley, Community Representative

Joyce Stewart, Everett Public Schools

Decarla Stinn, Small business owner

Barbara Tolbert, Mayor of Arlington

Ty Trenary, Snohomish County Sheriff

Fidencio Denis Velasco, Carpenters Local Union 70

Linda War Bonnet, Community Representative

Allison Warren Barbour, United Way of Snohomish County

Sam Willie, Youth Representative

Brenda White, Snohomish County PUD

Kim Williams, Providence Regional Medical Center Everett

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