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Historical Listing of City Councils and Mayors

City Council members are listed in Ward # order (six wards, plus one at-large member) through 1930, and for 1995. Names are listed as they appear in the annual R.L. Polk Directories.

1890 Fairhaven

Mayor: E.A. Turner
City Council: J.J. Donovan, E.M. Cowgill, M. McKechnie, W.A. Woodin, J.M. Miller, J.F. Wardner

City of Whatcom

Mayor: W.J. Prat
City Council: L.W. Marcy, Wm. Powell, L. Stenger, Wm. Legoe

New Whatcom

Mayor: Edward Cosgrove
City Council: [no listing]

1891 New Whatcom

Mayor: Will D. Jenkins
City Council: George Cooper, Ellery Rogers, W.J. Simonds, E. Fischer, N.F. Blomquist, J.L. Quackenbush

1899

[no government listings]

1900-01 New Whatcom

Mayor: Ed. E. Hardin
City Council: C.I. Roth, Wm. Powell, C.A. Horst, J.B. Byron, C.W. Stoddard, A.H. Pratt, Carmi Dibble (at-large)

1901-02 Whatcom City

Mayor George H. Bacon
City Council: M.J. Marsh, Chas. Cissna, C.A. Horst, J.B. Byron, C.M. Stoddard, A.H. Pratt, Carmi Dibble (at-large)

Fairhaven

Mayor: George J. Hohl
City Council: Sam Swanson, T.E. Monahan, C.R. Norman, A.B. Martin,H.J. Strickfaden, Alex W. Atkins, D.J. Slattery (at-large)

1902-03 Whatcom (City Government)

Mayor: Ed. E. Hardin
City Council: M.J. Marsh, Chas Cissna, Jere Brisbin, J.B. Byron,T.S. Dahlquist, S.E. Mullin, R.I. Morse (at-large)

Fairhaven

Mayor: L.N. Griff
City Council: Sam Swanson, T.E. Monahan, Frank Odell, A.B. Martin, F.J. Wood, J.G. Kemper, J.E. Cleary (at-large)

1903-04 Whatcom (City Government)

Mayor: J.B. Bennett
City Council: W.A. Eckhardt, Wm. Powell, Jere Brisbin, George C. Blakeslee, T.S. Dahlquist, S.E. Mullin, John A. Blomquist (at-large)

Fairhaven

Mayor: L.N. Griffin
City Council: M. Cody, J.E. Tierney, Frank Odell, W.J. Potter, A.C. Miller, J.G. Kemper, J.E. Cleary (at-large)

1904-05 Bellingham

Mayor: J.W. Romaine
City Council: S.B. VanZandt, George C. Blakeslee, George K. Butler, S.C. Mullin, Eugene M. Adams, Edward J. Cleary, Charles F. Nolte (at-large)

1906

Mayor: A.L. Black
City Council: S.B. VanZandt, G.C. Blakeslee, J.F. Miller, S.E. Mullin, Eugene M. Adams, Edward J. Cleary, John Cloak (at-large)

1907

Mayor: A.L. Black
City Council: S.B. VanZAndt, J.A. Sells, J.F. Miller, S.E. Mullin, Eugene M. Adams, Edward J. Cleary, John Cloak (at-large)

1908-1909

Mayor: James P. deMattos
City Council: George Spence, J.A. Sells, W.W. Wyatt, S.E. Mullin, Daniel Campbell, Edward J. Cleary, J.B. Bennett (at-large)

1910-1911

Mayor: James P. deMattos
City Council: George A. Henson, J.A. Sells, John F. Miller, S.E. Mullin, C.S. Beard, Joseph Mulligan, J.A. Marz (at-large)

1912

Mayor: Edward J. Cleary
City Council: George F. Raymond, J.A. Sells, T.S. Jennings, S.E. Mullin, C.S. Beard, Joseph Mulligan, F.C. Wyman (at-large)

1913

Mayor: Edward J. Cleary
City Council: George F. Raymond, C.H. Shepardson, T.S. Jennings, J.C. VanLiew, C.S. Beard, W.L. Massey, F.E. Wyman (at-large)

1914

Mayor: J.P. deMattos
City Council: T.S. Smith, C.H. Shepardson, T.S. Jennings, J.C. VanLiew, T.R. Kinsey, Walter L. Massey, D.W. McArthur (at-large)

1915

Mayor: J.P. deMattos
City Council: Al Sebring, S.R. Ritchie, T.S. Jennings, C.W. Wight, D.W. McArthur (at-large)

1916

Mayor: A.M.Muir
City Council: George S. Smith, S.R. Ritchie, Otto Hagen, C.H. Wight, Benjamin Keagle, J.W. Harshman, J.C. Van Liew (at-large)

1917

Mayor: A.M. Muir
City Council: A.S. Clark, George B. Dent, Otto Hagen, C.H. Wight, Benjamin Keagle, E.C. Harshman, J.C. Van Liew (at-large)

1918

Mayor: J.A. Sells
City Council: T.S. Fraser, G.B. Dent, Otto Hagen, W. C. Willox, Benjamin Keagle, E.C. Harshman, C.F. Trunkey (at-large)

1919-20

Mayor: J.A. Sells
City Council: T.C. Fraser, J.M. Odell, Otto Hagen, Robt A. Nichols, Benjamin Keagle, E.C. Harshman, C.F. Trunkey (at-large)

1920-21

Mayor: E.T. Mathes
1921-22 City Council: T.C. Fraser, J.M. Odell, Otto Hagen, Robt A. Nichols, 1922-23 Benjamin Keagle, E.C. Harshman, C.F. Trunkey (at-large)

1923

Mayor: E.T. Mathes
City Council: Henry Slater, LeRoy Simpson, Otto Hagen, Benjamin Keagle, E.C. Harshman, C.F. Trunkey (at-large)

1924

Mayor: John A. Kellogg
City Council: Henry Slater, LeRoy Simpson, C.O. Thomas, Geo H. Cole, Benj Keagle, E.C. Harshman, C.F. Trunkey (at-large)

1925-1927

Mayor: John A. Kellogg
City Council: Henry Slater, E.E. Sherwood, C.O. Thomas, Geo H. Cole, Benj Keagle, E.C. Harshman, C.F. Trunkey (at-large)

1928

Mayor: John A. Kellogg
City Council: I.P. Abshire, E.E. Sherwood, C.O. Thomas, Geo H. Cole, L.P. Hillier, E.C. Harshman, M.F. Wanzer (at-large)

1929

Mayor: John A. Kellogg
City Council: I.P. Abshire, E.E. Sherwood, C.O. Thomas, M.J. O'Connor, L.P. Hillier, E.C. Harshman, M.F. Wanzer (at-large)

1930-1933

Mayor: John A. Kellogg
City Council: I.P. Abshire, E.E. Sherwood, R.E. Kirkham, M.J. O'Connor, L.P. Hillier, E.C. Harshman, M.F. Wanzer (at-large)

1934-1935

Mayor: Burleigh E. Hanning
City Council: I.P. Abshire, E.E. Sherwood, R.E. Kirkham, M.J. O'Connor, L.P. Hillier, E.C. Harshman, M.F. Wanzer (at-large)

1936-1937

Mayor: Wm P. Brown
City Council: [no listing]

1938-1941

Mayor: Burleigh E. Hanning
City Council: [no listing]

1942

Mayor: Arthur H. Howard
City Council: Charles F. Trunkey, W.D. Ewing, Deane Seeger, Russell Reid, Leslie Peterson, Stanley Rogers, Ralph Tenney

1943

[no directory published]

1944

[no directory published]

1945

Mayor: Arthur H. Howard
City Council: Charles F Trunkey, Russell Reid, Leslie Peterson, Stanley Rogers, Ralph Tenney, W.D. Ewing, Joseph C. Hilton

1946

[no directory published]

1947

Mayor: Arthur A. Howard
City Council: Russell H. Comfort, Jos Hilton, Sigurd Hjaltalin, Alfred B. Loop, Homer O. Nunnamaker, Stanley C. Rogers, Orvin M. Ryan

1948

Mayor: Don E. Satterlee
City Council: Ralph Hilton, Jos Hilton, Sigurd Hjaltalin, Clarence Holmes, Homer O. Nunnamaker, Stanley C Rogers, Orvin M. Ryan

1949

[no directory published]

1950

Mayor: J.W. Mulhern
City Council: R.E. Andrews, S. Hjaltalin, Clarence Holmes, Hm Krabbe, Malcolm McBeath, Russell Millhouse, B.G. Sandberg

1951

[no directory published]

1952

Mayor: Sigurd Hjaltalin
City Council: F.L. Cramer, F.W. Fisk, Clarence Holmes, V.A. Hughes, Malcolm McBeath, Robt Pearson, L.C. Voris

1953

[no directory published]

1954

Mayor: Sigurd Hjaltalin
City Council: Lester C. Voris, Barth F. Plough, Frank L. Cramer, Archie Truax, Victor A. Hughes, John R. Kelly, Russell Millhouse

1955

Mayor: Sigurd Hjaltalin
City Council: John R. Kelly (President), Lester C. Voris, John DiMeo, Clarence Holmes, Archie Truax, Victor A. Hughes, F. Barth Plough

1956

Mayor: John E. Westford
City Council: John R. Kelly (President), Carter A. Watson, John R. DiMeo, Robt Clark, Archie N. Truax, Edw B. Ballinger, Chas B. Wilson

1957

Mayor: John E. Westford
1959 City Council: E.B. Ballinger (President), Robt Ebright, Robt Clark, 1960 Ray I. Wise, Chas B. Wilson, R. Frank Atwood

1958

[no directory published]

1961

Mayor: John E. Westford
City Council: Edw B Ballinger (President), Robt E Ebright, Robt W Clark, Roy F. Atwood, Jr., C.W. Bill McDonald, Robt L. Hall, Verdeen L. Place

1962

Mayor: John E. Westford
City Council: Reginald W. Williams, Jack C. Mallahan, Mrs Jeanne A. Beacom, Clyde W. McDonald, Robt L. Hall, Verdeen L. Place

1963

Mayor: John E. Westford
1964 City Council: Reginald W Williams, Jack C Mallahan, Mrs Jeanne A. Beacom, D.B. Stewart, Clyde W McDonald, Robt L. Hall, Verdeen L. Place

1965

Mayor: John Westford
1966 City Council: Reginald W. Williams, Jack C. Mallahan, Mrs. Jeanne Beacom, 1967 Marvin K. Eggert, Clyde M. McDonald, Robt Hall, Kenneth R. Graham

1968

Mayor: Reginald W. Williams
City Council: Robert E. Arnett, L.E. Belka, Mary Knibbs, James P. Thompson, Clyde W. McDonald, Robert L. Hall, Kenneth R. Graham

1969

Mayor: Reginald W. Williams
City Council: Robt E. Arnett, L.E. Belka, E.A. Ebright, Mary Knibbs, Robt L. Hall, Barney M. Yorkston

1970-1972

Mayor: Reginald W. Williams
City Council: Robert E. Arnett, L.R. Belka, Patrick Campbell, Eldrid Carr, E.A. Ebright, Mary Knibbs, Charles E. Lancaster, Mitchell Kink

1973

Mayor: Reginald W. Williams
City Council: Robert E. Arnett (President), David Porter, Patrick Campbell, Stuart Litzsinger, Mary G. Knibbs, Charles E. Lancaster, Mitchell Kink

1974-1975

Mayor: Reginald Williams
City Council: Robert E. Arnett, David Porter, Dennis J. Braddock, Stuart Litzsinger, Mary G. Knibbs, George F. Drake, John E. Herrmann

1976-1977

Mayor: Ken Hertz
City Council: Haines Fay (Chairman), Roma Jones, Dennis J. Braddock, Charles E. Lancaster, Fred A. Veroske, George F. Drake, John E. Herrmann

1978-1981

Mayor: Ken Hertz
City Council: Haines Fay, Mrs. Anna Jones, Dennis J. Braddock, Charles E. Lancaster, Fred A. Veroske, John E. Herrmann

1982

Mayor: Ken Hertz
City Council: Timothy B. Douglas (President), Mrs. Anne Rose, Dorothy Culjat, Roma Jones, C.R. Messick, John E. Herrmann

1983

[no directory published]

1984-1985

Mayor: Tim Douglas
City Council: Mrs. Anne Rose (President), Don Gischer, Dorothy Culjat, Jas W. Caldwell, Arne Hanna, Jacqui MacConnell, David C. Wolf

1986

[no directory published]

1987

Mayor: Tim Douglas
City Council: Mrs. Anne Rose (President), Don Gischer, Foster Rose, Mark Asmundson, Arne M. Hanna, Jacqui MacConnell, Tip Johnson

1988

Mayor: Tim Douglas
City Council: Don Gischer, Betty Kiner, Foster Rose, Mark Asmundson, Arne Hanna, Louise Bjornson, Tip Johnson

1989-1990

Mayor: Tim Douglas
City Council: Mark Asmundson (President), Donald J. Gischer, Joy Keenan, Foster Rose, Arne M. Hanna, Louise Bjornson, Tip Johnson

1991-1993

Mayor: Tim Douglas
City Council: Don Gischer (President), Joy Keenan, Foster Rose, Mark Asmundson, Arne M. Hanna, Louise Bjornson, Tip Johnson

1994

Mayor: Tim B. Douglas
City Council: Don Gischer, Pat Rowe, Gene Knutson, Arne Hanna, Louise Bjornson, Bob Hall, Bruce Ayers

1995

Mayor: Tim B. Douglas
City Council: Don Gischer, Gene Knutson (President), Arne Hanna, Bob Hall, Pat Rowe, Bruce Ayers, Louise Bjornson

1996

Mayor: Mark Asmundson
City Council: 1st Ward...Bob Ryan; 2nd Ward...Gene Knutson; 3rd Ward...Arne Hanna; 4th Ward...Bob Hall; 5th Ward...Pat Rowe; 6th Ward...Bruce Ayers (President); At Large...Louise Bjornson.

1997

Mayor: Mark Asmundson
City Council: 1st Ward...Bob Ryan; 2nd Ward...Gene Knutson; 3rd Ward...Arne Hanna; 4th Ward...Bob Hall; 5th Ward...Pat Rowe (President); 6th Ward...Bruce Ayers; At Large…Louise Bjornson.

1998

Mayor: Mark Asmundson
City Council: 1st Ward...Bob Ryan (President); 2nd Ward...Gene Knutson; 3rd Ward...Arne Hanna (deceased) John B. Watts; 4th Ward...Leslie Richardson; 5th Ward...Pat Rowe; 6th Ward...Barbara Ryan; At Large...Louise Bjornson.

1999

Mayor: Mark Asmundson
City Council: 1st Ward...Bob Ryan; 2nd Ward...Gene Knutson (President); 3rd Ward...John B. Watts; 4th Ward...Leslie Richardson; 5th Ward...Pat Rowe; 6th Ward...Barbara Ryan; At Large...Louise Bjornson.

2000

Mayor: Mark Asmundson
City Council: 1st Ward...Bob Ryan; 2nd Ward..Gene Knutson; 3rd Ward…John B. Watts; 4th Ward...Leslie Richardson; 5th Ward...Terry Bornemann; 6th Ward...Barbara Ryan; At Large...Louise Bjornson (President).

2001

Mayor: Mark Asmundson
City Council: 1st Ward...Bob Ryan; 2nd Ward..Gene Knutson; 3rd Ward…John B. Watts; 4th Ward...Leslie Langdon (President); 5th Ward...Terry Bornemann; 6th Ward...Barbara Ryan; At Large...Louise Bjornson (President).

2002

Mayor: Mark Asmundson
City Council: 1st Ward...Bob Ryan; 2nd Ward..Gene Knutson; 3rd Ward…John B. Watts; 4th Ward...Dr. Grant Deger; 5th Ward...Terry Bornemann; 6th Ward...Barbara Ryan (President); At Large...Louise Bjornson.

2003

Mayor: Mark Asmundson
City Council: 1st Ward...Bob Ryan; 2nd Ward..Gene Knutson; 3rd Ward…John B. Watts; 4th Ward...Dr. Grant Deger; 5th Ward...Terry Bornemann (President); 6th Ward...Barbara Ryan ; At Large...Louise Bjornson.

2004

Mayor: Mark Asmundson
City Council: 1st Ward...Bob Ryan; 2nd Ward..Gene Knutson; 3rd Ward…John B. Watts (President); 4th Ward...Dr. Grant Deger; 5th Ward...Terry Bornemann; 6th Ward...Barbara Ryan ; At Large...Louise Bjornson.

2005

Mayor: Mark Asmundson
City Council: 1st Ward...Bob Ryan; 2nd Ward..Gene Knutson; 3rd Ward…John B. Watts; 4th Ward...Dr. Grant Deger (President); 5th Ward...Terry Bornemann; 6th Ward...Barbara Ryan ; At Large...Louise Bjornson.

2006

Mayor: Mark Asmundson until October 31st, then Tim Douglas
City Council: 1st Ward...Bob Ryan; 2nd Ward..Gene Knutson (President); 3rd Ward…John B. Watts; 4th Ward...Joan Beardsley; 5th Ward...Terry Bornemann; 6th Ward...Barbara Ryan ; At Large...Louise Bjornson.

2007

Mayor: Tim Douglas until November 27th, then Dan Pike
City Council: 1st Ward...Bob Ryan (President); 2nd Ward..Gene Knutson; 3rd Ward…John B. Watts; 4th Ward...Joan Beardsley (deceased) until March 12, then Don Gischer April 4 until November 27, then Stan Snapp; 5th Ward...Terry Bornemann; 6th Ward...Barbara Ryan ; At Large...Louise Bjornson.

2008

Mayor: Dan Pike
City Council: 1st Ward...Jack Weiss; 2nd Ward..Gene Knutson; 3rd Ward…Barry Buchanan; 4th Ward...Stan Snapp; 5th Ward...Terry Bornemann; 6th Ward...Barbara Ryan (council president) ; At Large...Louise Bjornson.

2009

Mayor: Dan Pike
City Council: 1st Ward...Jack Weiss; 2nd Ward..Gene Knutson; 3rd Ward…Barry Buchanan; 4th Ward, (council president);.Stan Snapp; 5th Ward...Terry Bornemann; 6th Ward...Barbara Ryan ; At Large...Louise Bjornson.

2010

Mayor: Dan Pike
City Council: 1st Ward...Jack Weiss; 2nd Ward..Gene Knutson, (council president); 3rd Ward…Barry Buchanan; 4th Ward, Stan Snapp; 5th Ward...Terry Bornemann; 6th Ward..Michael Lilliquist; At Large...Seth Fleetwood.

2011

Mayor: Dan Pike
City Council: 1st Ward...Jack Weiss; 2nd Ward..Gene Knutson; 3rd Ward...Barry Buchanan; 4th Ward, Stan Snapp (council president); 5th Ward...Terry Bornemann; 6th Ward..Michael Lilliquist ; At Large...Seth Fleetwood.

2012

Mayor: Kelli Linville
City Council: 1st Ward...Jack Weiss; 2nd Ward..Gene Knutson;  3rd Ward...Cathy Lehman; 4th Ward, Stan Snapp; 5th Ward...Terry Bornemann (council president); 6th Ward..Michael Lilliquist; At Large...Seth Fleetwood.

2013

Mayor: Kelli Linville
City Council: 1st Ward...Jack Weiss; 2nd Ward..Gene Knutson; 3rd Ward...Cathy Lehman; 4th Ward...Stan Snapp; 5th Ward...Terry Bornemann; 6th Ward...Michael Lilliquist; At Large...Seth Fleetwood (Council President).


 

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