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Kirkland News Room

Amy Walen selected as Mayor; Jay Arnold as Deputy Mayor

Contact: Kathi Anderson
Finance & Administration Department

Mayor Amy WalenKIRKLAND, Wash. – At the January 5, 2016 meeting of the Kirkland City Council, Amy Walen (Position No. 5) was selected to serve as Mayor and Jay Arnold (Position No. 1) as Deputy Mayor.  This is Mayor Walen’s second term as Mayor and Council Member Arnold’s first term as Deputy Mayor. These positions serve a two-year term; expiring on December 31, 2017. Also at the meeting, incumbent Council Members Shelley Kloba (Position No. 2), Toby Nixon (Position No. 4) and Dave Asher (Position No. 6) received their Oath of Office administered by Kirkland Municipal Judge Michael Lambo. 

Council Member Jay ArnoldMayor Walen thanked her fellow council members for the nomination and unanimous vote, stating it is a privilege to work her colleagues. Following the nomination by outgoing Deputy Mayor Penny Sweet of Jay Arnold, Mayor Walen thanked Council Member Sweet. “Penny has been a strong and effective voice for Kirkland. Her common sense and straight talking approach has led us through many difficult conversations.”

The Mayor and Deputy Mayor are selected by the City Council from among its members.  The Mayor presides at City Council meetings and represents the City at various ceremonial functions and at community and intergovernmental meetings. The Deputy Mayor presides over meetings during the absence of the Mayor. The Mayor and Deputy Mayor are selected every two years at the first meeting of January.

The City of Kirkland has a Council-Manager form of government. The voters elect seven at-large part-time City Council Members. The Council chooses a City Manager to oversee the operations of the City. The City Council derives its powers from the laws and Constitution of the State of Washington. All seven City Council positions are elected for terms of four years. Members receive a monthly salary as established by the Salary Commission.

Kirkland City Council meetings are typically held on the first and third Tuesday of each month at City Hall, 123 Fifth Avenue.  A study session is held at 6 p.m. followed by the regular meeting starting at 7:30 p.m.  Public comment opportunities are available at the beginning of the regular meeting and at the end if the meeting reaches that point before 10 p.m.

City Council meetings are broadcast live and rebroadcast on Comcast Channel 31 and Frontier Channel 31 and can be streamed live or downloaded from Kirkland On-Demand webpage at and search “Watch City Council Meetings.”

Pictured Top: Kirkland Mayor Amy Walen
Pictured Bottom: Kirkland Deputy Mayor Jay Arnold