Seattle City Council
12/2/2005 4:02:00 PM
RICHARD CONLIN WILL SERVE AS COUNCIL PRESIDENT
SEATTLE – Councilmember Richard Conlin, who chaired the Council’s Transportation Committee for the past four years, will lead the Seattle City Council as president for the two year term, 2006-2007.
Conlin has four priorities for his term as president. He will 1) build a strong Council that works together with clear goals and a clear agenda; 2) continue to enhance the Council’s tradition of open, transparent and responsive government; 3) strengthen the relationship between Seattle’s Legislative and Executive branches; 4) expand the regional role of the City Council through building strong bridges to its suburban counterparts.
“I am very excited about this opportunity,” said President Richard Conlin, “to work with my colleagues to serve the people of Seattle. This is a seasoned and skilled Council. I am confident that we will continue to creatively and responsibly meet the challenges of Seattle’s future.”
Conlin was elected to the Seattle City Council in November 1997 and reelected in 2001 and again in 2005. In his first term, he chaired the Council's Neighborhoods, Sustainability and Community Development Committee, whose key mission was to move 37 neighborhood plans through Council approval.
In his second term, Conlin served as Chair of the Council’s Transportation Committee and worked on implementing the region’s plan for improved transit, developing new funding sources for transportation maintenance and neighborhood transportation improvements, and on supporting pedestrian and bicycle improvements to reduce dependence on the automobile.
Conlin has served as vice-chair of the Board of Health of Seattle and King County, vice-chair of the Growth Management Planning Council of King County, co-chair of the Seashore Transportation Forum and will serve in the coming year as Chair of the Community and Regional Development Panel for the National League of Cities, based in Washington DC.
Conlin was one of the co-founders of Sustainable Seattle, an organization that publishes a bi-annual "Indicators of Sustainable Community" –measuring Seattle's progress towards long-term cultural, economic, environmental, and social health.
Conlin and his wife, Sue Ann Allen, have lived in Madrona since 1982. Their three children are all graduates of Garfield High School.