Represents: 2nd Ward
Term: Jan 2018- Dec 2021
Bellingham City Council Member Gene Knutson is a lifelong resident of Bellingham and the longest-serving member of the Bellingham City Council, having been elected to his first term in 1993. He served as Council President in 1995, 1999, 2006, 2010, and 2015. He is currently the Chair of the Public Works & Natural Resources Committee and serves on the Parks & Recreation and Public Safety Committees, and serves as the Mayor Pro Tempore.
Gene Knutson has worked for Bellingham Cold Storage Company since 1975. Deeply rooted in the community, he has a vested personal interest in Bellingham and its continued improvement. His many years of service on the Council have ingrained in him the importance of keeping in touch with citizens across all areas of the City, and listening to everyone's viewpoint so that he can make the best decision for the community. He knows that the citizens of Bellingham elected him and that those are the people for whom he is working.
Council Member Knutson has always been interested in serving the public, driven by his desire to give something back to the community he grew up in. Over the years, his priorities have reflected this. He has worked to continue the Greenways program, continued to set up more play fields for the youth in Bellingham, and has made sure that the city is a safe place to live. Protecting quality of life in Bellingham, throughout our neighborhoods, is a key issue for him.
Some of the projects that Council Member Knutson has worked on that have been of special importance to him include his work to fund the Civic Field renovation project, the purchase of the ice arena for use by the Soccer Commission, the Depot Market Square project, and working with the Boys and Girls Club towards the completion of their new building. He also helped steer the completion of the Waterfront Master Plan in 2013 and the relocation of Costco to Bakerview Road, an extensive project that, after years of planning, came to fruition in 2016.
"I am very proud to work for the citizens of Bellingham. It is a wonderful community." - Gene Knutson, January 2019