At its meeting last night, the Lakewood City Council unanimously selected Don Anderson as mayor and Jason Whalen as deputy mayor through the end of 2013. The council filled these key leadership positions after Mayor Doug Richardson resigned on January 15 to serve on the Pierce County Council.
Mayor Anderson is in his sixth year on the Lakewood Council – the longest of any currently serving councilmember. He previously served as the deputy mayor since he joined the Council in 2008. Mayor Anderson is a Pierce Transit Commissioner and a council liaison to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. As the Lakewood Mayor, he will represent Lakewood as a South Sound 911 policy board member and a co-chair of the South Sound Military and Communities Partnership. Mayor Anderson received an undergraduate and law degree from the University of Puget Sound. He served overseas as a U.S. Navy JAG officer from 1978-1981. Mr. Anderson is a partner in the Tacoma law firm Eisenhower & Carlson. He and his wife Nancy have four grown daughters.
Deputy Mayor Whalen has served on the Council since 2010. He has served as council liaison to Lakewood’s Arts Commission and Redevelopment Advisory Board. He also represents Lakewood on the Pierce County Regional Council. Mr. Whalen graduated from Gonzaga University in 1985. After service as an artillery officer in the US Army, he returned to Spokane and graduated from the Gonzaga University School of Law in 1992. Mr. Whalen is a partner in a Tacoma law firm. Deputy Mayor Whalen and his wife Gael live in Lakewood with their three daughters.