Marysville City Council appoints a new mayor

MARYSVILLE — Councilman Jon Nehring was unanimously appointed on Monday night to serve the remainder of Mayor Dennis Kendall’s term.

The City Council’s decision meant a lot to Nehring.

“I was humbled and honored,” Nehring said. “I was grateful for the unanimous support.”

Nehring, 39, was elected to the City Council in January 2002. He served four years as mayor pro tem and is on the city’s finance committee, the Community Transit Board of Directors, Snohomish County Emergency Radio System Board, and Snohomish County Tomorrow.

Kendall has served as mayor since December 2003. The current mayoral term will be part of the fall 2011 elections.

“I’m excited about the new challenge,” Nehring said. “I think Mayor Kendall has done a fantastic job as mayor and has put the city in a good condition.”

Nehring said he is passionate about public safety and making sure city services are available for all residents, especially since the annexation of 22,000 people to the city. His priorities will be keeping a “small-town feel” in Marysville, street and road maintenance, and maintaining partnerships with the Tulalip Tribes and neighboring cities.

One long-term goal for the city, according to Nehring, is developing a strong business base with family wage jobs.

Nehring said he is looking forward to learning his day-to-day responsibilities as mayor. He plans to resign from his current council position on Aug. 1 and begin serving as the city’s mayor on Aug. 2.

“I do anticipate during the next month or so doing as much as I can to hit the ground running on Aug. 2,” Nehring said. “I will try to be involved with as much as I can between now and then.”

The council is sad to see Mayor Kendall leave, Councilwoman Donna Wright said. She believes Nehring has the qualities to be a good leader.

“To me he has shown leadership on our council,” she said. “He’s very thoughtful. I think Mayor Kendall has set us on a direction. We work together well … and I believe Jon will keep us going in that direction.”

Nehring graduated from Arlington Christian High School. He earned an associate’s degree from Everett Community College and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Central Washington University. He has been a Marysville resident for the past 17 years and enjoys volunteering with youth sports programs.

He and his wife, Mari-Anne have three children: Nate, Kristen and Nicholas.

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

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