Former County Executive Bob Drewel honored with building

EVERETT — Mike Cooper first met Bob Drewel under grave circumstances.

He was a Shoreline firefighter; Drewel, president of Everett Community College.

The occasion was to pay tribute to Everett firefighter Gary Parks, who died battling a blaze on the campus in 1987.

Their paths would cross many times again after Cooper was elected to the Legislature and Drewel became the Snohomish County executive who would squeeze state lawmakers for more money for transportation improvements in his county.

“From the beginning, he was always caring and compassionate,” Cooper said.

On Monday, Cooper and a host of other elected officials recognized Drewel, dedicating a $41 million county administration building in his name before a standing-room-only crowd.

Officially, the eight-story structure, the tallest building in downtown Everett, has been named the Robert J. Drewel Building. It had been known as “Admin East.”

Cooper hopes it will simply become known as “the Bob Building.”

Drewel, a Democrat, 62, was elected in 1991 and served 12 years as county executive. He left office because of term limits.

Monday’s ceremony was a bipartisan affair that included comments from a congressman and County Council members. Gov. Chris Gregoire said in a statement read by an aide that Drewel earned “a reputation as a champion of education, economic development and regional leadership and … Bob’s bipartisan spirit allowed him to bring diverse groups together to achieve goals benefitting the entire community.”

A representative relayed comments from current County Executive Aaron Reardon, who did not attend.

County Councilman John Koster, a Republican, said he expected politics would put him and Drewel at loggerheads but quickly discovered they could work well together.

“I have a deep appreciation for your honesty and integrity and your expertise,” Koster told Drewel at the event.

Drewel received several awards, including an American flag flown over the nation’s capital in his honor on June 3. Congressman Rick Larsen, a former county councilman, presented Drewel with the flag.

“I certainly enjoyed my time on the council working with then County Executive Bob Drewel,” Larsen said.

Reporter Eric Stevick: 425-339-446 or

Talk to us

More in Local News

Harry Lee Jones Jr.
Man gets 31½ years for shooting Everett motel guest 12 times

Harry Lee Jones Jr., 27, beat and then shot a Farwest Motel guest in 2018 while two accomplices looted his room.

Pallet communities are groups of tiny homes for unhoused people. Here, a worker installs weatherstripping on a pallet shelter at Pallet in Everett in January 2020. (Kevin Clark / Herald file)
Tiny home community is proposed at a Marysville church

The Pallet shelter community would provide transitional housing to eight people. Neighbors have questions.

With credit scores out, will insurers cut or hike your rate?

Lack of affordable housing squeezed buyers and drove up home prices across Snohomish County.

Photo courtesy Laura Thompson 

Madison Thompson and her dog Stella.
Whidbey teen, golden retriever make top 8 in NY kennel show

Madison Thompson was one of the youngest competitors in her division of 80 kids.

Chris Stack and Samantha Soule film a scene of their movie, "Midday Black, Midnight Blue," on the Coupeville wharf June 14. (Photo by Karina Andrew/Whidbey News-Times)
Indie film crew: Whidbey residents are ‘generous and welcoming’

The movie makers are shooting scenes for a full-length feature at various sites around the island.

Everett's Patrick Hall was among people who put up signs in March to save the Longfellow School building.  He is now part of an advisory task force looking at options for the building, which the Everett School District had planned to tear down.  (Dan Bates / The Herald)
National register listing could be next for old Longfellow

But the designation wouldn’t stop the Everett School District from tearing down the former school.

Abigail Cruz was awarded the American Association of University Women Edmonds Sno-King branch's $2,000 scholarship for Edmonds College. (AAUW Edmonds Sno-King)
Edmonds College student wins $2,000 AAUW scholarship

AAUW scholarship for Edmonds College student The Edmonds SnoKing Branch of the… Continue reading

Junelle Lewis becomes emotional while performing a dance with her children during the Justice to Jubilee Juneteenth Celebration at Skykomish River Park on Saturday, June 19, 2021 in Monroe, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Justice to Jubilee: ‘No one is free till everyone is free’

People gathered Saturday in a Monroe park to celebrate Juneteenth, a new federal holiday that commemorates the end of slavery.

Galina Volchkova, the Volunteers of America Housing Director, discusses the volume of applications for rental assistance her office received Friday. (Katie Hayes / The Herald) 20210618
7,000 tenants, waiting for help, fear eviction after June 30

Rental assistance money won’t reach many landlords before the coronavirus eviction moratorium expires.

Most Read