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Terry Ryan

Snohomish County Council
3000 Rockefeller Ave., M/S 609
Everett, Washington 98201
8th floor, Robert J. Drewel Building 
Phone: 425-388-3494


Pam Pruitt, Legislative Aide

Thank you to our Elected Officials

Snohomish County has several Elected Officials who are either retiring or moving to other positions at the end of this year.

Thank you to these Public Officials who have dedicated themselves to Public Service:


Snohomish County Auditor Carolyn Weikel

Photo of Chair Ryan with Carolyn Weikel

Snohomish County Auditor Carolyn Weikel and Chair Terry Ryan


County Clerk Sonya Kraski

Photo of councilmembers with Sonya Kraski

Vice Chair Nate Nehring, County Clerk Sonya Kraski, Councilmember Sam Low, Chair Terry Ryan


County Councilman Brian Sullivan

Councilmembers honoring Sullivan

Vice Chair Nehring, Councilmember Stephanie Wright, Councilmember Brian Sullivan, Chair Ryan, Councilmember Low


County Sheriff Ty Trenary

Council with Ty Trenary

Councilmember Sullivan, Councilmember Wright, Chair Ryan, Sheriff Trenary, Vice Chair Nehring, Councilmember Low


I have worked with all of these Elected Officials for the last 6 years. They are all dedicated to making Snohomish County a better place to live. Thank you to Carolyn, Sonya, Brian and Ty for serving our County so well!

Citizen of the Year Award

Photo of Wold Kyoko and Chair Ryan

Bob Wold, Mayor Kyoko Matsumoto Wright, Chair Ryan


I was truly honored to receive the Citizen of the Year Award from the Snohomish County Camano Association of Realtors at their 2020 Installation & 2019 REALTOR Awards Luncheon on December 11th. This award is given to an individual who works toward the betterment of our community through public service or private actions.

Terry Ryan speaking at award ceremony

Chair Ryan receiving Citizen of the Year award

This award means a lot to me. My father, Thomas Michael Ryan, received a similar recognition as the Municipal Employee of the Year Award in King County. He had a long public service career in the King County Parks Department, then was promoted to become the King County Deputy Executive. Any recognition or awards that I receive is an honor to my father. He was an amazing person who worked for the betterment of our communities.

Kirke Sievers 1942-2019

Photo of Kirke Sievers and council at naming ceremony

Councilmember Brian Sullivan, Chair Ryan, Executive Somers and Hewitt, Councilmember Sam Low, Former Executive Bob Drewel and Treasurer Kirke Sievers


Kirke Sievers, one of Snohomish County's greatest public servants has passed away.  Kirke served our County for 44 years.  He was an amazing person who always put the public first.

It was a privilege to honor Kirke Sievers for everything he and his father have given to Snohomish County.  This was Kirke’s 44th year of public service with Snohomish County government.

This summer, the County Campus was rededicated as Sievers Plaza in honor of the many years of selfless dedication of Kirke and his father.  

photograph of young Seivers and dad in office

Kirke and his father


Kirke Sievers was a great Treasurer and an even a better person.  He was very kind to me and always provided great advice which helped make me a better councilman.  I’m truly going to miss Kirke.

Thank you to AGC

Toys for Tots Photo

Council Chair Ryan donating to Toys for Tots


Thank you to the Associated General Contractors of Washington for their support of the Toys for Tots program.   Each year they host a holiday celebration where the toys are collected by the U.S. Marines. Toys for Tots is a terrific program and I salute AGC for its support.

Fireworks Update

I promised to keep you updated on any changes to our fireworks laws.

On December 4, the County Council passed a ban on the discharge of fireworks in the South West Urban Growth Area (SWUGA).This includes most of my District 4, District 3, part of District 2 and a sliver of District 5. 

This ban only applies to the unincorporated areas. Cities may or may not have their own bans.  Also, the ban applies to discharge only.  Sale, purchase and possession are still allowed. 

Due to a state law which delays the effective date of a ban for one year after it is signed by the County Executive, the actual effective date is December 9, 2020.

Thank you for your patience throughout this lengthy process.

Emergency Preparedness

Snohomish County’s Department of Emergency Management (D.E.M.) is a great resource for information regarding emergencies and preparedness for emergencies.

Please visit the D.E.M. website to learn more about how to protect your families and neighborhoods;

Click on “Preparedness” to get more detailed information.

Census coming - Why does the census matter?

The Census determines who gets money and power. Every ten years, the population of the United States is counted in order to disperse money and political representation. For every person who is counted, about $2,000 will go to a local community. Snohomish County is part of a fast growing region and it is important we receive our fair share of money and power. If we don’t have everyone counted, places like New York, California and Florida will get some of our share of federal resources.

How do you get counted in the Census?

This is the first census that will be primarily conducted on-line. In March of 2020, you will receive a postcard inviting you to take the census. On March 23, 2020, the census website will go live. If you have not completed the census online by April 8, you will receive a reminder letter with a paper survey. Census staff may follow up for in person interviews in May-July 2020.

Census Timeline

  • March 12 - 20, 2020      Invitation postcards sent to households 
  • March 23                       Website goes live 
  • March 16 - April 4          Reminder letters sent 
  • April 1                            Census Day 
  • April 8 - 16                     Letters with paper surveys sent to those who have not responded 
  • May - July                      In person follow-ups by Census Enumerators 

What is in it for you?

If you care about transportation, homelessness, public safety, energy, and the many other issues affecting our community, you should care about the census. Almost $700 BILLION in funds are dispersed by formula based on the census results.



Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Volunteer Event

January 20, 2020, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM @ North Creek Forest restoration site

City of Bothell and Friends of North Creek Forest are celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service together again! Join us at this volunteer work party to help remove invasive species, add mulch, or plant native species to help restore North Creek Forest. Please register in advance.

Please arrive on time to sign liability waivers, see the safety demonstration, and be assigned to a work group.

Location: North Creek Forest restoration site

Address:  20329 112th Ave NE
                Bothell, WA 98011


Link:  Learn more and register in advance


Kiah Helms Photography Exhibit Opens
January 2

Kiah Helms photo of flamingo


The Mountlake Terrace Arts Advisory Commission presents the Kiah Helms Photography Exhibit at the Mountlake Terrace Library, 23300 58th Avenue West.

Kiah Helms attended Mountlake Terrace High School and earned a general degree from Edmonds Community College. She began taking photographs when she was 5-years-old. She got her first digital camera when she was 13-years old. She realized she had a talent and eye for capturing unique images by age 14. “I am inspired by the colors that are in photographs and the contrast the colors make when they join together,” Helms said.

The Mountlake Terrace Arts Advisory Commission oversees the library exhibits as part of its mission to promote cultural events in the community.

The show runs through January 31 at the Mountlake Terrace Library, Mondays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fridays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays 1 to 5 p.m.

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