Joan McGilton Elected To Third Term As Burien Mayor
City councilwoman Joan McGilton was elected to a third consecutive two-year term as mayor of Burien at the council’s first meeting of the year Monday night, Jan. 4.
Councilwoman Rose Clark was elected deputy mayor, a position she has held twice before.
McGilton was elected on a 5-1 vote with new Councilman Jack Block Jr. casting the lone dissenting vote. Block offered no reason for opposing McGilton’s election.
Clark was elected on a 6-0 vote.
No other nominations were made for either office. Councilwoman Lucy Krakowiak was absent during the voting, but arrived at the meeting a short time later.
The meeting marked Block’s returned to the council after a two-year absence. In 2007, he chose not to seek re-election to his Burien council seat to make what proved to be an unsuccessful bid instead for Port of Seattle commissioner.
This was the first council meeting for political newcomer Brian Bennett, who ran unopposed last fall to replace retiring Councilwoman Sally Nelson – the last member of the original Burien council still serving at that time.