Council Chooses Conrad Lee as New Bellevue Mayor
The Bellevue City Council unanimously elected longtime Councilmember Conrad Lee to serve as Bellevue mayor.
Lee, who was born in China and moved to Bellevue in 1967, is the first minority member to serve as Bellevue's mayor. Lee became the first minority member of the Bellevue City Council in 1994 and was re-elected to a fifth term in 2009. Previously the deputy mayor, Lee takes over from Councilmember Don Davidson, whose two-year term as mayor concluded at the end of 2011.
Lee said he's confident that with a team of talented colleagues, a dedicated city staff and a supportive public, Bellevue will build on the past to remain a leader in the future. "I'm grateful to the people of Bellevue and I am honored to be entrusted by my fellow councilmembers to be mayor," Lee said. "Bellevue is a wonderful place with wonderful people. It's one of the most vibrant and diverse cities in the state and I am proud to represent and lead it.
Lee earned a bachelor's degree in engineering from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the University of Washington. Previous jobs include regional administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, engineer at Boeing, and Seattle Solid Waste division project manager. Lee and his wife Winnie have two adult children, a son and a daughter.
Bellevue's seven councilmembers are elected at large and serve four-year, staggered terms. They, in turn, choose a fellow councilmember as mayor for a two-year term.
The mayor presides over council meetings and study sessions, helps set the meeting agenda, represents the city at public events, and acts as the primary spokesperson for the council. The council is responsible for approving budgets and setting policy for the city. Bellevue's city manager, Steve Sarkozy, implements the policy and oversees the city's day-to-day operations.
Published: January 4, 2012
Photo courtesy of Conrad Lee