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Snohomish County City of Edmonds Mayor

The mayor shall be the chief executive and administrative officer of the city, in charge of all departments and employees, with authority to designate assistants and department heads. He or she shall see that all laws and ordinances are faithfully enforced and that law and order is maintained in the city, and shall have general supervision of the administration of city government and all city interests. The mayor essentially serves as both the leader in name of the city, and the day-to-day active city manager.

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    Neil Tibbott

Biographical Information

Why did you decide to run for this position?

What are three major management issues facing your city or town?

Of the three, which one is the most urgent?

What methods will you use to work successfully with the council?

What do you think is your city/town’s role in dealing with issues surrounding the environment?

What are the issues surrounding your city/town's infrastructure?

How do you think your city/town should approach legal and illegal immigration issues?

How do you think your city/town could best respond to homelessness?

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Phone (425) 493-4791
Town where you live Edmonds
Experience (300 characters max) Neil and his wife Margaret, an Edmonds school teacher, have lived in Edmonds for 20 years.He is supported by a broad coalition of city leaders with a range of political affiliations. He has worked previously on Transportation, Parks and Planning Issues. He currently serves on the City Council.
I care deeply about Edmonds. I moved here 20 years ago to raise my family. We chose Edmonds because we liked the neighborhoods, the outdoor recreation and great places to meet friends all in one city. I started serving on the Transportation Committee and later moved to the Planning Board and now serve on the City Council. I want to bring those 15 years of experience, improving streets and parks as well as supporting economic development and public safety to the Mayor’s office. As Mayor I will ensure that people are heard and have a place to be involved. One thing my experience has shown me, over the years, is that neighbors and citizen of Edmonds are willing to get involved, when we’re seeking the common good of our city. I will continue to facilitate that kind of involvement as Mayor.
Staff and Employee Relations / Building and Park Maintenance/ Public Communications and Community Engagement
Considering the recent resignation of two Directors, we are in a unique place to evaluate how we handle staff relations and employee development within our city. Edmonds is a great place to live and work, as a result we’re able to attract some of the best employees. Despite the opportunities, we need to make sure that we maintain a high level of trust between staff and elected officials. We depend on highly qualified personnel to use their expertise to keep the city running. As Mayor, I will work to improve communication, reward innovation and provide opportunities for advancement. I bring a unique perspective on this issue. In my consulting career I provide Human Resource tools for organizations with a special focus on professional advancement. I use team building and consensus building activities to increase organizational effectiveness.
Having been on the Council, I know how important it is for us to study the issues that come to us for study and decision. As Mayor, I will make sure that councilmembers have what they need to understand the issues, get answers from staff and make good decisions for the city. I will also work hard to fulfill the administrative duties that give the Council confidence that we are making progress in the areas that our citizens expect. I plan to hold listening groups around the city that are smaller than Town Hall meetings as a way to build relationships with stakeholders in different parts of Edmonds. I’ll invite councilmembers to join me so that we’re hearing the same input and incorporating those ideas in the decisions we make.
I have always appreciated our environmental amenities in Edmonds. We hike through our parks, enjoy water activities and feel blessed to enjoy the wild life that finds habitat in our city. Those of us who live here do not take these for granted. We probably hold the record for most pictures of the sunset than any other city! We are also stewards of our piece of the world. As Mayor I will commit to preserving and improving our open spaces, air quality, water quality and reducing our overall footprint. I will work to ensure that any city development that takes place will also improve and enhance the environment. I am concerned with the condition of our wetlands including the marsh, and the condition of the sound. We can and must do better.
I mentioned Building and Park Maintenance as one of the top three administrative issues. We currently have a budget for fixing our building and replacing park equipment, but we need to protect those investments and even increase them in coming years. Improving our city infrastructure also lowers our carbon footprint as we transition to more sustainable options for lighting, heating, roofing, etc. These are investments that pay dividends for many years. They also prevent costly repairs in the event of complete system failure.
This is an emotionally charged issue with a lot of misunderstanding. There is not a single solution. It requires a broad approach beyond our jurisdiction that involves putting policies in place at a state and federal level. This level of government usually handles immigration enforcement actions. On a city level, however, residents are worried about the burden to our precious resources being used to serve a population that might not be able to support itself and a perceived risk to their quality of life. We cannot help everyone. However, I believe the people of Edmonds will not turn their back on people in need and that we can work together to find a way to help a few.
We know from our homeless report that there are a fairly significant number of people experiencing housing instability. There is no silver bullet to this issue and it impacts the entire region. We are a compassionate community and we should help where we can through a wide variety of agencies including city programs. I’m a big fan of park and recreational programs for bringing people together. As a High School Booster Club President, we supported many students who needed a helping hand to participate. Involvement created supportive connections that produced positive results far beyond the original recreational activities. We should also partner with neighboring cities because homelessness in our area transcends city boundaries. We have a growing list of resources in South County, which people can access. We must also assure those residents with concerns that their families and their property will not be at risk. We can do both.