Jason M. Whalen

Deputy Mayor
Position 3

City Hall: (253) 589-2489
Home: (253) 584-1485

Elected to Office 2010; re-elected for a second term 2014-2017

Deputy Mayor Jason Whalen has served on the City Council in Position 3 since 2010. Deputy Mayor Whalen is the council liaison to Lakewood’s Arts Commission and Redevelopment Advisory Board; he represents Lakewood on the Pierce County Regional Council, and is a member of the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County. Deputy Mayor Whalen was born in Whitefish, Montana. After 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.

Deputy Mayor Whalen was commissioned as a second lieutenant through Gonzaga’s Army ROTC Program and served as a field artillery officer in Bamberg, Germany, from 1986 to 1989, returning to Gonzaga for law school. He clerked for Washington State Supreme Court Justice Richard P. Guy from 1992 to 1993 and subsequently joined the Tacoma law firm of Eisenhower & Carlson, PLLC. Since 1993, he has served as attorney and partner, practicing in real estate, business and employment-related litigation.

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

He is active in Lakewood Rotary, served as a former 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 as well as the Tacoma-Pierce County Chapter of the American Red Cross. He continues his service to the community as a volunteer mediator for the Pierce County Dispute Resolution Center.

Deputy Mayor Whalen has been married to his wife, Gael, for 27 years. They have three daughters, Olivia, Clare and Alison.

Term Expires: December 31, 2017