BREAKING: Brian Bennett Selected As Burien’s New Mayor
Brian Bennett is Burien’s new mayor, replacing City Councilwoman Joan McGilton who has served as mayor since 2004.
Bennett, who joined the city council in 2010 and became deputy mayor last year, was elected mayor on a 4-2 vote of his fellow council members Jan. 9.
He was nominated by Councilman Gerald Robison and was also supported by Councilwoman Rose Clark and McGilton.
Newly elected Councilman Bob Edgar, citing Councilwoman Lucy Krakowiak’s experience and leadership, nominated her for mayor.
Councilman Jack Block Jr. was absent.
Clark was then elected deputy mayor, a position she has held on seven other occasions, also by a 4-2 vote, after being nominated by McGilton.
She is “the longest serving deputy mayor in Burien’s history and it is an honor to nominate her,” McGilton said.
Edgar also nominated Krakowiak for deputy mayor, saying “citizens have confidence in her ability.”
A mayor serves a two-year term in that position; a deputy mayor serves for one year.
McGilton was first elected to the city council in 2002 after serving on the Burien Planning Commission from 1995 through 2000.
This is Clark’s eighth term as deputy mayor. First elected to the city council in 2000, then elected again in 2006 and 2010, she has served as deputy mayor under mayors Sally Nelson, Wing Woo and McGilton.
In taking office, Bennett thanked McGilton for her service to the city, noting she has been “the longest-serving mayor in Burien” and “has worked long and hard and made a substantial impact for where we are today as a city.”
He added that she is “recognized regionally for her environmental work.”