City Council re-elects John Traeger, Fred Butler for leadership posts

December 28, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

City Council members decided Dec. 20 not to change the top spots on the board for 2011.

The council re-elected John Traeger as council president and Fred Butler as deputy council president in unanimous decisions during the final meeting of the year.

Traeger succeeded former Councilwoman Maureen McCarry in the top council spot in January 2010. Butler has served in the No. 2 council spot since 2009, although in the past he has also served as council president.

The council usually appoints members to leadership posts in the first meeting of the year, but members decided earlier in December to reschedule the process.

The council president runs semimonthly council meetings and monthly Committee-of-the-Whole Council meetings, handles committee assignments and represents the city if Mayor Ava Frisinger is absent.

The next task for Traeger is the process to appoint a successor to McCarry. The longtime councilwoman resigned Dec. 20 due to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

The council plans to put out a call for applications for the Position 5 seat in January. The appointee then serves until the next council election in November.

Traeger — elected unopposed in 2007 — and Butler — elected in 1999 and re-elected subsequently — face re-election in November.

The councilmen serve key roles in regional groups. Traeger serves on the board of directors for Cascade Water Alliance, a regional water-supply group. Butler serves on the Sound Transit board of directors.

Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or Comment at

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