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Deputy Mayor Jay Arnold

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Term Expires: 12/31/21

Jay Arnold 2014Deputy Mayor Jay Arnold began his first term on the Kirkland City Council in January 2014, and was re-elected to another four-year term beginning January 2018. He was chosen by Councilmembers to serve as Deputy Mayor in January 2016 and again in 2018 for another two-year term.

Current City Council committee assignments:  Disability Board, and Chair of the 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.

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
or 425-587-3535.  For scheduling assistance, please contact Amy Bolen, Executive Assistant, at 425-587-3007.

City Council
123 5th Avenue, Kirkland WA 98033

General Inquiries
T. 425.587.3001 | F. 425.587.3019
Contact City Council via Our Kirkland