6200 Southcenter Blvd.
Tukwila, WA 98188
Phone: 206 433-1850
Term Began: January 1, 2016
Term Expires: December 31, 2019
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To provide superior services
that support a safe, inviting,
and healthy environment for our
residents, businesses, and guests.
Tukwila is a non-charter optional code city operating under a Mayor/Council form of government. The Mayor is elected at-large to a four-year term of office and serves as the City’s chief administrative officer. The Mayor is responsible for seeing that the laws and ordinances are enforced. The Mayor attends and presides over City Council meetings, but does not vote except in the case of a tie. The Mayor may veto ordinances, but a majority plus one of the entire Council membership can override the Mayor’s veto. The Mayor is assisted in all of his duties by the City Administrator.
MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR
Making way for Tukwila’s new Justice Center
On May 7, City staff presented the new Justice Center schematic design drawings and cost estimate to the Public Safety Committee of the City Council. This represents a project milestone of being at 30% of the overall design process for the Justice Center.
We continue to move forward with acquisition of properties on the site near the intersection of Tukwila International Boulevard and South 150th Street and provide assistance to affected businesses. The City recently took ownership of the first Justice Center property between the Travelodge and Church by the Side of the Road – an abandoned building on TIB that once housed a restaurant. Thanks to the City’s Facilities staff, it is now boarded up and we are working toward demolishing it as soon as possible.
Tukwila values businesses of all sizes and types within the city. We are committed to working with the businesses affected by the voter-approved Public Safety Plan, including those owned and operated by our vibrant immigrant and refugee community.
For six months the City has been busy meeting with affected businesses, discussing how we can support them so they can continue to operate in a different location. The mitigation for these businesses includes financial assistance; in-place reduced rent through March of 2019; a permit fee credit with the City; helping them identify new locations in the region to locate; and free assistance from the Small Business Development Center at Highline College. Specific assistance for each business will be tailored around its individual needs, because we very much wish for these businesses to prosper.
As affirmed by the voters, Tukwila’s Justice Center is a much-needed community facility. The Police Department has more than three times the number of officers in service today as it did when it moved into City Hall’s basement in 1977. Current facilities housing the PD, municipal court and emergency management staff are inefficient and seismically unsafe, and do not allow for the level of service our community deserves.
Mayor Allan Ekberg