Longtime City Council member Don Davidson was chosen Bellevue's new mayor Monday by his fellow council members, while council member Conrad Lee was chosen deputy mayor.
Davidson replaces Grant Degginger, whose two-year term in the mayor's position expired at the end of last year. Degginger served two consecutive terms as mayor.
Lee replaces Claudia Balducci, whose term also had expired.
Davidson has been on the council for a total of 22 years, and was recently re-elected to a third consecutive term. A dentist by profession, he also served as the city's mayor in 1994 and 1995, and as mayor pro tem in 1990 and 1991.
Davidson's current council assignments and appointments include the Cascade Water Alliance; the Shared Salmon Strategy Development Committee; Environmental Services Commission liaison; and the Metropolitan Water Pollution Abatement Advisory Committee.
As mayor, Davidson will be responsible for presiding over council meetings and study sessions, representing the city in local and regional forums, and serving as chief spokesperson for the council.
Davidson on Monday thanked council members for their support, saying the city faced large challenges in the months ahead in a number of areas, including transportation and the budget.
"We've got a lot of issues before us, (but) it's going to be an exciting time and we're going to work them together," Davidson said.
Lee was first elected to the council in 1994. Re-elected to his fifth consecutive term last fall, his current council assignments include the Bellevue Botanical Garden Board; the King County Regional Transit Committee; the Puget Sound Regional Economic Development District Board; and the Trade Development Alliance.
Bellevue's seven City Council members are elected at large, and serve staggered, four-year terms. The council is responsible for adopting the general polices for the city, which are then implemented by the city manager and staff.
The council meets Monday nights in public session at City Hall. The meetings can be viewed on Bellevue Television 21 or streamed online from the Bellevue TV web page.
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