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Maple Valley City Council selects Bill Allison as new mayor, Victoria Laise Jonas reselected as deputy mayor
The Maple Valley City Council selected Councilmember Bill Allison as its new mayor at its Jan. 3 meeting.
Allison, who holds Position 2, was first elected to the City Council in 2010.
“When I first was elected I knew there was going to be a learning curve,” he said. “But the opportunity to be the mayor was always there and was always an aspiration because I do believe I have the ability to speak and to lead people to a common vision. It’s a huge responsibility and honestly it’s a great honor to have the trust of the council to lead them and to be one of the seven voices that goes before King County and represents our 23,000 residents.”
Allison has lived in Maple Valley since 1999 and is the city’s youngest mayor.
He will replace Noel Gerken, who was selected as mayor in January 2010.
The Maple Valley City Council members select the mayor from among their ranks every two years.
As mayor, Allison said, he will work to unite the City Council in order to address various issues which it has been dealing with for several years.
“We are seven voices and it needs to be seven voices communicating together, working together to get things accomplished,” he said. “We see economic development and creating new revenue is absolutely essential for this city. We need to be aggressive in that area. We need to get back to the table with King County, annexing in the Summit Place, and we need to come up with a solution for the northwest quadrant. People have been talking and waiting for four years. We need an actual plan that works and we need to move forward with that.”
Allison added that, “We’ve got to do something with our ballfields. When we’re having to do athletics outside of town because we can’t accommodate in town we’ve got to be willing to talk about summit ballfields and see if we can get that ballpark.”
The City Council also reselected Victoria Laise Jonas as deputy mayor. Jonas, who currently holds Position 6, has served on the City Council since January 2000.
“I’m very honored my fellow councilmembers continue to have the trust to reelect me as deputy mayor,” she stated in a telephone interview. “I look forward to us working together collectively for the benefit of our city. It’s awesome. It’s quite a responsibility. I look forward to assisting Mayor Allison anyway I cane. Over the last two years, I’ve gotten to know him. He’ll make an awesome mayor for our city. “
In addition to her reelection, the Jan. 3 meeting marked Jonas’ 13th year on the City Council, the longest in city history.
“I’m humbled by the fact,” she said. “So I think my experience on the council and my connections in the community both locally and regionally..will help Bill and I’m willing to share and help in any way possible. It’s a new chapter.”º