Bellingham Mayor Kelli Linville has already made significant progress on one of her first goals as Mayor: meeting all City employees. Her first week in office, she toured 31 City employee worksites, meeting and greeting hundreds of City employees.
Linville described her City government tour during a ceremonial swearing-in celebration before the Bellingham City Council Monday evening (Jan. 9, 2012). She was formally sworn in to the office prior to Jan. 1, 2012, so that she could assume her official duties at the beginning of the year.
Mayor Linville said it was wonderful to spend her first week in office meeting people doing important jobs for the residents of Bellingham.
"People like to work for the City of Bellingham, and people are happy to work together," she said. "I found amazing things in the City on my rounds. I could go on and on about all the wonderful things I've seen, all the wonderful people I met, the cooperation I already feel and the enthusiasm that just streams out of the people who are associated with the City."
She also described how she will work to build relationships with partners such as Whatcom County government and the Port of Bellingham, and she offered special thanks to her colleagues on the Bellingham City Council for the support and warm welcome they have given her.
Linville said she is going to spend her first 60 days in office listening.
"I am going to listen to our Council members, listen to our departments heads, our staff, our community members, our businesses and our neighborhoods, and I am going to figure out what priorities I'’d like to put forward as Mayor that fit in with the Council priorities. We have many opportunities and we have many challenges, and I know if we work together we’re going to get things done, and I’m very excited about that."
Published: Jan 11, 2012