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Strengthening relationships key to first months for Bellingham Mayor Linville

By Bellingham Mayor Kelli Linville

It is a great honor to serve you as the Mayor of Bellingham. My first six months in office have been an incredible time of learning, connecting with people inside and outside city government, focusing on priorities and taking action on top community needs and interests.

I have a passion for fostering effective, accountable government and forming strong partnerships to deliver quality public services. As mayor, I have engaged Bellingham City Council members, community members, city employees and elected officials and peers at other agencies in promoting a culture of respect and responsibility.

I am happy to report that, together, we are making significant progress in key areas. When I took office I promised to deliver on the following top priorities:

Progress on priorities

Pride in city services

Working together takes time, focus and staff commitment, and I’m proud of the great progress we have made while also serving more than 80,000 Bellingham residents.

The City of Bellingham has an excellent staff, and I have been pleased to see the great enthusiasm they have for making Bellingham the best it can be. Due to budget shortfalls in recent years, we have fewer people to accomplish an increasing demand for services. City employees' commitment to serving their community despite this challenge makes me prouder than ever to lead this hard-working, dedicated team.

We have more work ahead to make sure we have enough resources in the future to provide basic essential services, even though our economy appears to be stabilizing. We continue to refine priorities and streamline costs as we prepare budgets for 2013 and beyond. I hope you will follow the budget process this fall and provide feedback to me and the City Council about which city services are most important to you.

Coming up next

I also will be focused in the coming months on:

I love being your Mayor and appreciate hearing your thoughts about how we are doing. If you have questions or comments, please contact me at 778-8100 or mayorsoffice@cob.org.

Kelli Linville was elected in November 2011 to serve a four-year term as Mayor of Bellingham. She took office January 1, 2012.

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