Term Expires: 12/31/21
Deputy 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 selected by Councilmembers to serve as Deputy Mayor in January 2016 and again in 2018 for another two-year term.
Current City Council committee assignments: Legislative Workgroup, Disability Board, Transportation Ad-Hoc Work Group.
Regional representation: Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) I-405 Executive Leadership Group, Sound Transit 405 Bus Rapid Transit Elected Advisory Group, Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) Growth Management Policy Board, Eastrail Regional Advisory Council (Co-Chair), Eastside Transportation Partnership, PSRC Transit Oriented Development Advisory Committee (Co-Chair), King County Cities Climate Collaboration, SCA Public Issues Committee 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. His leadership in advocating for bills in the state legislature to help address affordable housing and homelessness earned him the 2019 Advocacy All-Star Award from the Association of Washington Cities.
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 also works as a Technology Consultant 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 Bachelor 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 teenage 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.