SeaTac City Council selected Councilmember Jake Simpson as Mayor, and Councilmember Senayet Negusse as Deputy Mayor at their first Regular Council Meeting of the year.
The City of SeaTac has a seven-member City Council elected by the residents. The Council chooses from among themselves who will serve as Mayor and Deputy Mayor for a two-year term. The Mayor is recognized as the head of the City for ceremonial purposes and is the chair of the Council Meetings.
Simpson was born and raised in South King County. He attended Kentwood High School and Green River Community College. He lives in SeaTac with his wife and 5-year-old daughter. Currently, Simpson works as an organizer with SEIU 1199NW, the healthcare workers union. For more than a decade he worked at small businesses as a professional cook and began his organizing career with UNITE HERE Local 8 as a rank-and-file leader. In addition to his professional work experience, Simpson volunteers at local food banks, shelters, and elementary schools.
Senayet Negusse was elected and sworn onto the SeaTac City Council in January 2020. She is the daughter of Ethiopian refugees and was born and raised in South King County. Negusse earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, Bachelor of Science and Master’s degree from the University of Washington. Negusse is the Language Equity Program Manager at King County. She serves on the Administration and Finance Committee, Public Safety and Justice Committee, Parks and Recreation committee and serves as a member of King County Regional Gun Violence Prevention Committee. Additionally, Negusse volunteers as a senior meal program coordinator for Sound Generations and Tilth Alliance. She lives with her husband Luke and will be welcoming two new additions (twin boys) to their family this year.
The City Councilmembers are the leaders and policy makers elected to represent the community and to concentrate on policy issues that are responsive to the needs and wishes of the residents and businesses. The SeaTac Council makes policy, land use, and budget decisions for the City.
The City Council appoints a full-time City Manager to oversee the daily operations of the City and to advise, implement, and administer the policies adopted by the City Council.