• Deputy Mayor
  • Position 3
  • Took office: 2010
  • Current term expires: December 31, 2021
  • City Hall: (253) 983-7705
  • Home: (253) 584-1485

Elected to his third term in 2017, Deputy Mayor Jason Whalen has served on the City Council in Position 3 since 2010.  Whalen represents Lakewood on the Pierce County Regional Council, on the City’s Arts Commission, and is a member (Vice Chair) of the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County.

Whalen was born in Whitefish, Montana.  After family moves to Oklahoma, Colorado, Montana, Oregon and Alaska, he spent the majority of his young adult life in Spokane. He obtained his Honors Bachelors of Arts in Economics and Speech Communication from Gonzaga University in 1985 and his law degree from Gonzaga University School of Law in 1992.

Whalen was commissioned as a second lieutenant through Gonzaga’s Army ROTC Program. He served as a field artillery officer in Bamberg, Germany, from 1986 to 1989, returning to Gonzaga for law school. Following graduation from law school, he clerked for Washington State Supreme Court Justice Richard P. Guy from 1992 to 1993. Since 1993, Whalen has been in private law practice, focusing on real estate, business and employment-related litigation.  In 2015, Whalen co-founded Ledger Square Law, P.S., a boutique real estate, business, and litigation law firm serving the South Puget Sound.

Leading up to his election as a City Councilmember, Whalen served as an elected member of the Pierce County Charter Review Commission in 2006 and on Lakewood’s Planning Advisory Board (Planning Commission) from 2006 to 2009.

He is active in Lakewood Rotary and currently serves as a member of the Pierce College Foundation board.  He previously served as a board member for the Northwest Sinfonietta, and has held various leadership positions with St. Mary’s Episcopal Church. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Lakewood Family YMCA and the Tacoma-Pierce County Chapter of the American Red Cross.  Whalen is a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum (Class 19), and continues his service to the community as a mediator for the Pierce County Dispute Resolution Center as well as for private litigants in his areas of expertise.

Whalen has been married to his wife, Gael, for 31 years. They have three daughters, Olivia, Clare and Alison.