At its meeting of Jan. 6, the University Place City Council elected veteran Council Member and recent Mayor Pro Tem Denise McCluskey to serve as the City’s Mayor for 2014-2015. Council Member Javier Figueroa, another veteran member, was also elected as the Mayor Pro Tem.
Mayor McCluskey brings many years of civic experience to her new role, having served the City of University Place in the past as a member of the Planning Commission and the Parks & Rec Commission, the Chair of the Capital Strategy Task Force, and many other volunteer positions.
"I am very honored and humbled to serve the Council as well as the community in this leadership position," shared Mayor McCluskey. "My vision is to work together to make our community a better place to live for future generations."
During his recent four year term, Mayor Pro Tem Figueroa has been very active as the City’s Finance Committee Chair, the Vice President of the Rainier Communications Commission, and a member of the 2015 U.S. Open Task Force.
Mayor Pro Tem Figueroa stated, "As always, I hold myself responsible for a higher standard than anyone expects of me. I will represent the citizens of University Place with integrity and be a good steward of our hometown."
Every two years the Council elects council members to serve as Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem. Under its Council-Manager form of government, University Place’s City Council is like the Board of Directors of a corporation and the Mayor is the Chairman. The Mayor Pro Tem serves as the Mayor in the Mayor’s absence. Within this "business-like" form of government, the Council sets the City’s goals and directs the professional City Manager, who acts as the Chief Operating Officer, in implementing the Council’s decisions.