City of Tukwila E-Hazelnut Newsletter
March 2019
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Tukwila Elected Officials
Mayor: Allan Ekberg

Kathy Hougardy (Council President)
Dennis Robertson 
Verna Seal
De'Sean Quinn
Kate Kruller
Thomas McLeod 
Zak Idan

This is shaping up to be a big year for the City's Public Safety Plan. After extensive preparation over the last two years, we are ready to begin construction on Fire Stations 51 and 52, the Tukwila Justice Center, and a consolidated Public Works facility. Fire Station 51 will be the first project to kick off.

Join us to learn about upcoming construction for Public Safety Plan projects, and to celebrate this milestone with food, giveaways, and family-friendly activities. We hope to see you there! Learn more at the  Public Safety Plan page.

Date: Saturday, March 30

Time: 9:30-11:30 AM
  • 9:30 AM - light refreshments
  • 10:00 AM - brief remarks from distinguished speakers
  • 10:30-11:30 AM - police and fire demonstrations, informational displays, family-friendly activities
Place: At the site of our future Fire Station 51, Southcenter Parkway & South 180th St

Please dress appropriately for possible rain and muddy conditions.
Comments are now being accepted on a periodic review of the City's Shoreline Master Program

The state Shoreline Management Act requires that counties, cities, and towns periodically review and, if necessary, update their Shoreline Master Program (SMP) every eight years. The City of Tukwila's update started in the fall of 2018 and will be complete in 2019. More information is available on the  Department of Ecology website.

The City of Tukwila and Washington Department of Ecology are accepting comments on a periodic review of the City's shoreline master program (SMP) under RCW 90.58.080(4). The City has prepared draft SMP amendments to keep the SMP current with changes in state law, changes in other Tukwila plans and regulations, and other changed local circumstances.

Public comments will be accepted until April 12, 2019 at 5 PM. A joint local-state public hearing is set for  March 28, 2019 at 6:30 PM at Tukwila City Hall. 

Send comments by email to or mail to:

SMP Periodic Update
Department of Community Development
6300 Southcenter Bl. Suite 100
Tukwila, WA 98188

Comments sent to the City will be forwarded to the Department of Ecology. Proposed amendments to the City SMP are available for review on the City's Shoreline Management page.
2019 election and campaign filing information

Interested in helping guide the direction of your community?  If you have considered serving in public office, the Mayor and three Council seats are up for election this year:

Mayor - currently held by Allan Ekberg
Position #2 - currently held by Kathy Hougardy
Position #4 - currently held by Dennis Robertson
Position #6 - currently held by Kate Kruller

January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2023

$1,250 per month (2019), plus certain medical benefits .

Tukwila City Councilmembers serve at large, representing the City's residents.  Council duties include reviewing, studying, discussing and deciding on policy and budget questions.  Interaction with members of the community involves public and personal meetings, email or other written correspondence, and phone conversations.   Councilmembers attend weekly Council meetings, as well as meetings of standing committees and special meetings scheduled throughout the year.  

A candidate must be a registered voter and a resident of Tukwila for at least one year.  Candidates should have a working knowledge of the laws that regulate City government.
By mail:  April 29 - May 17, 4:30pm, regardless of postmark
In person:  May 13, 8:30am - May 17, 4:30pm
Online:  May 13, 9:00am - May 17, 4:00pm
Primary:  August 6, 2019
General:  November 5, 2019

More information about 2019 election and campaign filing information can be found here.

Contact  King County Elections for complete rules and requirements. Questions? Call 206-296-1565. 
High School internship program applications available April 1

We are currently recruiting for the third year of our high school internship program. Applications are due no later than 5:00 pm on Tuesday, April 30. Interviews will take place between May 7 and May 17, and all applicants will be notified of their determination by May 27.
The internship will take place between July 8 and August 30. This year each department will host an intern, providing students a broader opportunity to learn about City government, careers in city government, and skills that are transferrable across many fields and work places.
If you know someone who would be interested in this opportunity, have them apply! For a few positions, students must be 18 years or older, but for most, they need to be at least 14 years old,  and enrolled in high school. High school seniors are eligible for these internships.
The Internship application will be available on the City's Employment Opportunities website starting on April 1. We look forward to hosting our third cohort of high school students this summer.