Council elects mayor, deputy mayor

February 6, 2014

By Christina Corrales-Toy

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The Newcastle City Council ushered in 2014 with elections for the mayor and deputy mayor positions at its Jan. 7 meeting.

Steve Buri will serve as mayor, while newcomer John Drescher is the new deputy mayor. Both will serve two-year terms.

“I’ve enjoyed my time on the council and having a voice in the direction of the city, but the real excitement is the future, and the next two years, I think, will be among the most exciting in the city’s history,” Buri said.

Buri was elected to the City Council in 2007 and re-elected in 2011. He served as deputy mayor from 2008-2011.

He moved to Newcastle in 1998 and serves as president of a nonprofit public policy center. He lives with his wife Angelica and two children.

“I think I’m representative of most Newcastle residents in that I go to work every day and I want to come home to a place that I call home that’s safe and prosperous, and a place that has beautiful parks and amenities,” he said. “That’s what I love about Newcastle.”

Drescher is the new face on the council, having defeated opponent Mark Greene to fill the seat vacated by retiring Councilman Bill Erxleben in the November election.

Prior to that, he served on the Newcastle Planning Commission for four years, and as the board’s chairman for the last year and a half.

“I’m obviously excited about the city,” he said. “I definitely have the energy and time to give this position.”

He moved to Newcastle in 2005, and works as the executive director of TechNet Northwest. He lives with his wife Sally and three children.

Buri and former Deputy Mayor Lisa Jensen were each nominated for the mayor’s spot, while Drescher and former Mayor Rich Crispo were the finalists for the deputy mayor position.

At the beginning of the Jan. 7 meeting, John Dulcich, Crispo and Drescher were sworn in to office after their victorious November elections.

As one of his first acts as new mayor, Buri made appointments to several council committees at the Jan. 21 meeting.

Councilman Gordon Bisset, Dulcich and Drescher will serve on the council’s Finance Committee; Bisset, Crispo and Councilwoman Carol Simpson will sit on the Salary and Benefits Committee; and Buri, Crispo and Simpson make up the Economic and Community Development Committee.

Buri also appointed members to various regional committees.

Dulcich and Buri will sit on the Eastside Transportation Partnership committee; Jensen will serve on the Lake Washington Cedar River Watershed Forum and on the Sound Cities Association’s Public Issues Committee; and Simpson was appointed to the Metropolitan Solid Waste Management Advisory Committee.




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