Joe Forkner finishes time on City Council

November 26, 2013

By Peter Clark

Mary Lou Pauly will be sworn in Dec. 2

Joe Forkner served his last regular City Council meeting Nov. 18.

After former Councilman Mark Mullet was elected to the state Senate, the City Council chose Forkner to fill the interim position last January. This month, Forkner ran for mayor against Council President Fred Butler and lost, while Mary Lou Pauly ran unopposed for the seat Forkner filled. King County expects to certify Pauly’s election Nov. 26, ending Forkner’s commitment to the council.

Joe Forkner

Joe Forkner

Mayor Ava Frisinger took the time in her mayor’s report to commend Forkner for his service to the city.

“Thank you, Joe, for filling the vacancy left by Mark Mullet,” she said. “In recognition and gratitude for your generous gifts of time and dedication to public service, and I want you to know you truly make Issaquah a special place where people care.”

This marked Forkner’s third time serving on the council. He initially won a seat in 2000 and served until 2006. He was appointed to the council again in 2007 and served until 2009. Seeking the nomination to replace Mullet, he made it clear he wanted to get back in touch with City Council issues to strengthen his bid for mayor. This year, he chaired the Council Infrastructure Committee and was a member of the Eastside Fire & Rescue board.

Council members followed Frisinger’s lead and spoke highly of their time with Forkner.

“I’m going to miss you on the council,” Councilman Paul Winterstein said. “Your knowledge, your wisdom and your contributions I’ve always valued tremendously. Job well done.”

One by one, every council member thanked Forkner.

“Your depth of knowledge and your history of the city is, in very many ways, incomparable,” Councilwoman Stacy Goodman said. “Your willingness to sit down and talk about any topic has been a tremendous addition, and I personally have taken advantage of that.”

Forkner expressed gratitude for the compliments and the opportunity to serve.

“It has not only been a distinct honor, but a pleasure to work with this council,” he said. “You have made the job easier, and it has been a pleasure to take the roles that I have because of the way the council works.

“I look forward to contributing to the city in the coming years, and I will continue my dedication to the city,” he said with a smile on his face and joking, “because I guess I’m not smart enough to do anything else.”

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