Lakewood City Council

The City Council enacts all legislation and general policy decisions governing Lakewood.

Lakewood City Council
Lakewood City Hall – Council Chambers
6000 Main Street SW
Lakewood, WA 98499

City Hall Hours
Monday to Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


About Lakewood Government

The City of Lakewood is a code city with a Council-Manager form of government. The City Council consists of seven part-time, nonpartisan members elected every two years. They then hold a four-year term. The council elects one of its members as Mayor.

The City Council enacts all legislation and general policy decisions governing Lakewood. The council appoints a City Manager to oversee the administrative functions of the City. The City manager also implements the policies and goals of the City Council. This includes leading City departments to provide efficient, quality service to Lakewood residents.

Council follows adopted Rules and Procedures and its adopted code of ethics and protocols.

The council also appoints members of the City’s advisory boards and committees.


City Councilmembers

Mayor Jason Whalen
  • Mayor
  • Took office: 2010
  • Term expires: December 31, 2025
  • City Hall: (253) 983-7705
  • Email: To email Mayor Whalen combine the first letter of his first name with his full last name and add @cityoflakewood.us

Bio:
Elected to his fourth term in 2021, Mayor Jason Whalen has served on the City Council in Position 3 since 2010.  Whalen represents Lakewood on the Pierce County Regional Council, the Pierce Transit Board of Commissioners, on the City’s Arts Commission, and is a former member (Past Chair) of the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County.

Whalen was commissioned as a second lieutenant through Gonzaga’s Army ROTC Program. He served as a field artillery officer in Bamberg, Germany, from 1986 to 1989, returning to Gonzaga for law school. Since 1993, Whalen has been in private law practice, focusing on real estate, business, and employment-related litigation.  From 1993 through 2014, Whalen was an associate attorney, and then a partner, with the Tacoma law firm of Eisenhower & Carlson.  In 2015, Whalen co-founded Ledger Square Law, P.S., a boutique real estate, business, and litigation law firm serving the South Puget Sound.

Whalen is a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum (Class 19) and continues his service as a professional mediator with OnPoint Dispute Resolution, a dispute resolution company he co-founded, helping private litigants resolve their disputes before incurring undue litigation expenses. He is also active in Lakewood Rotary and will assume duties as President for the 2022-23 term. Whalen currently serves on the Downtown Tacoma Partnership and the Lakewold Gardens boards.

Whalen has been married to his wife, Gael, for 35 years. They have three daughters, Olivia, Clare, and Alison.

Deputy Mayor Mary Moss
  • Deputy Mayor, Position 1
  • Took office: 2010
  • Term expires: December 31, 2025
  • City Hall: (253) 983-7705
  • Email: To email Deputy Mayor Moss combine the first letter of her first name with her full last name and add @cityoflakewood.us

Bio:
Deputy Mayor Mary Moss was elected to Position 1 on the Lakewood City Council in November 2009. She is a native of Virginia and moved to Washington State as a military dependent. She graduated from The Evergreen State College with a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts and received her Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Chapman University.

Moss earned recognition in her role as Community Relations Manager for Harborstone Credit Union, from which she retired after 36 years. She received the Pierce County Chapter of Credit Unions’ Lifetime Achievement Award and was chosen as a Woman of Influence by the Business Examiner. She also recently received the Thomas Bradley Distinguished Citizen award for her work in the community. In addition, Governor Jay Inslee re-appointed her to the Clover Park Technical College Board of Trustees through the end of 2018. She currently serves as the council liaison to Lakewood’s Promise and is the president of the Lakewood Multicultural Coalition (LMCC).

She is the proud mother of three adult children; two sons and a daughter who have blessed her with 11 grandchildren.

Councilmember Don Anderson
  • Position 4
  • Took office: 2008
  • Term expires: Dec. 31, 2023
  • City Hall: (253) 983-7705
  • Email: To email Don Anderson use the first letter of his first name before his last name and add @cityoflakewood.us

Bio:
Don Anderson has served on the City Council in Position 4 since January 2008. He served as Mayor from January 2013 to January 2022 after having served as Deputy Mayor for his first five years on the council. Anderson represents Lakewood as a member of the Executive Board of the Puget Sound Regional Council and as the liaison to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.

He is currently the Board President of the Friends of American Lake Veterans Golf Course, supporting the only ADA-accessible golf course in the country.  He also has an extensive record of volunteer service and has been an official for high school, NCAA, and Olympic Trials track and field meets. His active support of military members and their families has been recognized by his induction into the Order of St. Maurice (Civis) by the National Infantry Association and selection to the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Civilian Hall of Fame. He joined the Board of Directors of the Association of Defense Communities in March of 2022.

Prior to practicing law locally, Anderson served overseas as a U.S. Navy JAG officer from 1978–1981. Don and his wife, Nancy have been married since 1976. They have four adult daughters and seven grandchildren.

Councilmember Mike Brandstetter
  • Councilmember, Position 2
  • Took office: 2010
  • Term expires: December 31, 2025
  • City Hall: (253) 983-7705
  • Email: To email Councilman Brandstetter combine the first letter of his first name with his full last name @cityoflakewood.us

Bio:
Councilmember Mike Brandstetter has served on the Lakewood City Council in Position 2 since January 2010. He represents the City on the South Sound 911 Board. He also serves as a Director on the boards of the Lakewood Multicultural Coalition and the Lakewood Sister Cities Association.

He retired from the US Army in 1999 and joined Bates Technical College. At Bates he served as Dean of Academic Instruction and Adult Basic Education; Dean of Engineering, Computer Science and Advanced Technologies; and as a workforce education program manager.

Councilmember Brandstetter and his wife, Hae Yon, have resided in Lakewood since 1993.

Councilmember Patti Belle
  • Councilmember, Position 5
  • Took office: 2021
  • Term expires: December 31, 2025
  • City Hall: (253) 983-7705
  • Cell Phone: (253) 495-1148
  • Email: To email Councilmember Belle, combine the first letter of her first name with her full last name and add @cityoflakewood.us

Bio:
Councilmember Patti Belle was appointed to her first term on the Lakewood City Council in 2021. She was born and raised in Port Orchard, Washington, and has lived in Pierce County for more than two decades. She has called Lakewood her home since 2018.

Councilmember Belle first entered the communications and marketing industry over 20 years ago. After more than 8 years with the Tacoma News Tribune, she moved on to the public sector where she joined the City of Kent. Currently working in the Office of Kent Mayor Dana Ralph as the Communications Manager, she has led national, award-winning visual communications and marketing teams in both the public and private sectors. She has served on the City of Lakewood Art’s Commission for 2 years and continues to work with a variety of freelance clients. 

Councilmember Belle and her husband Ron have been married since 2010 and have one daughter. 

Councilmember Linda Farmer
  • Councilmember, Position 6
  • Took office: January 2020
  • Term expires: Dec. 31, 2023
  • City Hall: (253) 983-7705
  • Email: To email Councilmember Farmer combine the first letter of her first name with her full last name and add @cityoflakewood.us

Bio:
Linda Farmer, APR was elected to her first term on the Lakewood City Council in 2019. She’s lived in Pierce County more than two decades and has called Lakewood home since 2003. She was born and raised in Longview, Washington. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Editorial Journalism and Political Science from the University of Washington and a Master of Science in Communications Management from Syracuse University. She is nationally accredited in public relations (APR).

Councilmember Farmer represents Lakewood as a member of the South Sound Housing Affordability Partners Executive Board and as an alternate to the Puget Sound Regional Council Executive Board. She represents the Association of Washington Cities (AWC) on the Washington State Sex Offender Policy Board and is the liaison to the Lakewood City Council’s Community Services Advisory Board. She is currently the Chief Communications Officer for the Washington State Department of Enterprise Services.

She and her husband, Jimmie, have been married since 2001. Their daughter, Dylan, attends Lakes High School.

Councilmember Paul Bocchi
  • Councilmember, Position 7
  • Took office: 2012
  • Term expires: Dec. 31, 2023
  • City Hall: (253) 983-7705
  • Email: To email Councilmember Bocchi combine the first letter of his first name with his full last name and add @cityoflakewood.us

Bio:
Councilmember Paul Bocchi is serving his third term on the City Council in Position 7. He was born and raised in Bellingham, Washington. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics/Accounting from Western Washington University in 1985, and he graduated from Pacific Coast Banking School in 2002.

Councilmember Bocchi began working for the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency as a Bank Examiner in 1985. In 1988 he started at Puget Sound Bank and continued to work in the banking industry until he was appointed to the Pierce County Council in 2003. After leaving the County Council he returned to banking until 2006 when he accepted his current position of Budget Legislative Analyst with the Pierce County Council.

Councilmember Bocchi has been married to his wife Holly since 1992 and they have three children together. He is actively involved in his church St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Lakewood.


City Council Vision Statement and Goals

Vision Statement

Lakewood is a thriving, urban, South Puget Sound City, possessing the core values of family, community, education, economic prosperity, and the equitable delivery of municipal services. We will advance these values by recognizing our past, taking action in the present, and pursuing a dynamic future.

The City Council’s vision for Lakewood at its 30 Year Anniversary is a community:

  • Inspired by its own sense of history and progress;
  • Known for its safe and attractive neighborhoods, vibrant downtown, active arts and cultural communities;
  • Sustained by robust economic growth and job creation;
  • Recognized for the excellence of its public and private schools, and its community and technical colleges;
  • Characterized by the beauty of its lakes, parks and natural environment;
  • Acknowledged for excellence in the delivery of municipal services;
  • That actively cultivates, embraces, and continually strives to create a more inclusive community with the equitable delivery of City services; and
  • Supportive of Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM), Camp Murray, service members and their families.

– Lakewood City Council, Adopted June 21, 2021

City Council Goals

On June 21, 2021, the Lakewood City Council officially adopted goals for 2021-2024:

2021-2024 City of Lakewood City Council Goals

The main purpose of the City Council Goals is to direct our community toward positive change. They serve as a policy direction for City government and the development of the City’s biennial budgets. Council goals guide the use of resources to assure that the community is always moving towards positive change.


Watch City Council Meetings

Every month, the first and third Mondays are regular council meetings. The second and fourth Mondays are study sessions. Typically, the council does not meet on the fifth Monday of the month, unless a special meeting is called. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. on the dates below, unless otherwise indicated.
View the full meeting calendar here.

There are three ways to watch a City Council Meeting:

In-Person

Lakewood City Hall
Council Chambers
6000 Main Street SW
Lakewood, WA 98499

Virtual

Meetings may be watched live from the City of Lakewood YouTube channel.

Meetings may also be joined via Zoom, meeting ID: 868 7263 2373.

Telephone

Dial +1 (253) 215- 8782 and enter meeting ID: 868 7263 2373.


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