Term Expires: 12/31/17
Deputy Mayor Jay Arnold began his first term on the Kirkland City Council in January 2014, and was chosen by Councilmembers to serve as Deputy Mayor in January 2016 for a two year term.
Current City Council committee assignments: Chair of the Planning, Economic and Development Committee, Finance and Administration Committee.
Regional representation: Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) Growth Management Policy Board, Eastside Rail Corridor Regional Advisory Council, King County Cities Climate Collaboration, Eastside Transportation Partnership, PSRC Transit Oriented Development Advisory Committee, WRIA-8 Salmon Recovery Council, PSRC Executive Board (alternate).
About Deputy Mayor Jay Arnold: Deputy Mayor Arnold seeks to protect Kirkland's quality of life through long-term planning, forward-thinking investments in transportation and parks, and a focus on sustainability as we grow with grace. Prior to being elected to the Council, he served on Kirkland’s Planning Commission from 2009 through 2013, including a term as Chair. In 2011, he was appointed to the Parks Funding Exploratory Committee that put together Kirkland’s 2012 Parks Levy. Arnold co-chaired the successful campaign that won the support of voters, providing dedicated funding for Kirkland Parks.
Deputy Mayor Arnold has volunteered in the community as a board member and President of Futurewise, the state’s leading smart growth advocacy organization, and as a board member at Northwest SEED (Sustainable Energy for Economic Development) developing community-based renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. He has worked for open, accountable and transparent government as a trustee for the Municipal League of King County, a citizen's watchdog group dedicated to good government. He served as Chair of the Capital Finance Review Board, a project of the Municipal League, Greater Seattle Chamber of Chamber of Commerce, and the League of Women Voters, researching the impact of various local taxing measures.
Deputy Mayor Arnold runs his own web development business and works as Technology Director at Fuse Washington, the state’s largest grassroots progressive organization. Previously, Arnold was a group manager at Microsoft, leading test teams on flagship products such as Internet Explorer and Windows. He has a Bachelors of Science Degree in Computer Science from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Arnold has earned the Certificate in Municipal Leadership from the Association of Washington Cities (AWC).
Deputy Mayor Arnold and his wife, Mary Beth Binns, live in the Norkirk neighborhood. They have three young daughters.
Deputy Mayor Arnold can be reached at email@example.com
or 425-587-3535. For scheduling assistance, please contact Amy Bolen, Executive Assistant, at 425-587-3007.