Contact: Kurt Triplett, City Manager
Department: City Manager’s Office
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KIRKLAND, Wash. –
At a special meeting of the Kirkland City Council today, the Council appointed Jon Pascal to fill an upcoming vacancy. Council Position 2 will be vacated by Shelley Kloba who resigned effective December 31, 2016. Kloba was elected to serve Legislative District 1 in the State House of Representatives in the November 8, 2016 general election. Mr. Pascal will be sworn in at the January 3 City Council meeting. Pascal's term is effective January 1, 2017 through the certification of the 2017 general election.
Pascal’s appointment capped the special meeting which included interviews with the five finalist candidates that advanced on December 13 for consideration to fill the vacancy.
Pascal comes to the Council with years of community service to the City. He has served on the City’s Planning Commission and Transportation Commission and currently serves as Co-Chair of the Kirkland Alliance of Neighborhoods.
Jon is a resident of the Juanita Neighborhood and has also lived in the Finn Hill Neighborhood, which was annexed to the City of Kirkland in 2011. “Since annexation, I have focused on integrating the northern neighborhoods into the City of Kirkland,” said Pascal. “Now as part of the Council, I will bring a perspective and background on issues most important to those neighborhoods, with a shared goal of continuing to build a stronger community for all residents of the city.”
As an owner of an engineering consultant business located in the Totem Lake area, Pascal has shared his unique perspective on the development of the area. He hopes his professional focus on transportation will help shape a better plan for mobility as the region develops and grows.
In a letter of interest Pascal sent to the Council prior to his appointment, Pascal said, “I will bring a strong background and existing relationships to work to address ongoing congestion issues, improve pedestrian and bicycle safety, provide reliable and convenient transit options and implement the latest technology to better operate our existing transportation infrastructure.”
“We were fortunate to have many outstanding applicants for the vacant seat that could each have served Kirkland well.” said Mayor Amy Walen. “We are excited about the experience Jon brings to the City. His dedication to the community has consistently added new insight to our planning and transportation efforts. The entire Council looks forward to working with Jon as we continue to shape the future of the City through careful planning, while paying attention to the Council’s stated goals.