City Council shifts top leadership positions
January 29, 2013
By Warren Kagarise
The leadership atop the City Council shifted in early January, as the group chose a longtime councilman to lead the council again.
In unanimous decisions Jan. 7, council members chose Fred Butler for the top spot on the board, council president, and Paul Winterstein to serve in the No. 2 position, deputy council president.
The council did not nominate other contenders for either position.
Issaquah voters elected Butler to the council in 1999. Since 2009, he has served as deputy council president after earlier serving as council president.
Winterstein joined the council in 2012 after serving on the municipal Human Services Commission.
The council president leads the legislative branch of city government.
The responsibilities for the role include running semimonthly council meetings and monthly Committee-of-the-Whole Council meetings, handling committee assignments and representing the city if Mayor Ava Frisinger is absent.
Members in the leadership position also earn more. The council president earns $800 per month and deputy council president receives $750 per month, compared to $700 per month for other members.
Butler succeeds Tola Marts in the top spot. Marts led the council through 2012 as members delved into the Central Issaquah Plan 30-year redevelopment blueprint, approved a development agreement to transform Lakeside Industries’ hillside gravel quarry and approved the overarching design for a downtown parks complex along Issaquah Creek.
Frisinger thanked Marts for serving in the top council post during a “very, very busy, hectic and complex year” after the council elected Butler.
The council president role is sometimes a springboard to a higher office. Frisinger served in the role before a successful bid for mayor in 1997.