The Sultan Community Alliance has been designated as an official city agency, established by city ordinance and headed up by an appointed board of directors.
Sultan Community Alliance board members were appointed by the mayor and confirmed by the Sultan City Council during the regular business meeting on Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017. The ordinance governing the board’s formation, Ordinance 1270-17, was passed in July of 2017. Alliance board members must be Snohomish County residents and shall also live within the boundaries of the Sultan School District. Board positions are volunteer positions; no board member shall receive compensation.
Terms are for five years, with the initial appointments staggered for one to five years, to avoid multiple board positions expiring in the same year.
Sultan Community Alliance Board of Directors
Melissa Carr, two-year term (August 1, 2017 – July 31, 2019)
Cala Posey, three-year term (August 1, 2017 – July 31, 2020)
Shaun Carr, four-year term (August 1, 2017 – July 31, 2021)
Mandy Geiger, five-year term (August 1, 2017 – July 31, 2022)
Chad Simon, one-year term (August 1, 2017 – July 31, 2018)
The Sultan Community Alliance came together out of community need. In June of 2014, there was extensive public outcry over an increase in the homeless population, and what was perceived as a higher rate of petty crimes including car prowls and theft. Sultan Mayor Carolyn Eslick convened a block watch meeting facilitated by herself and the police chief.
Eslick recognized that more needed to be done. Next, she organized two community meetings, one held during daytime hours and another held in the evening, to maximize attendance. She invited service providers, Sultan and Sky Valley residents, law enforcement professionals and the faith community. Together, she and other stakeholders identified the need for a task force – a targeted group that could work together on a continual basis.
The Sultan Community Task Force was formed out of that need. Eslick implemented weekly meetings and led the group herself before turning its leadership over to a community member.
Now known as the Sultan Community Alliance (Alliance), the group has transitioned from reactive strategies to proactive solutions meant to build community. One of the many goals of the Alliance is to bring families back to Main Street, which it strives to do though planned activities that welcome youth, adults, seniors and families. Over the summer, the Alliance coordinated multiple large-scale events including National Night Out Again Crime (NNO), the Sultan Summer Movie Series, the Sultan Swoosh 3-on-3 basketball tournament and the free summer soccer camp.
Mandy Geiger has served with the Alliance since its formation as the task force in 2014. In 2015, Mayor Eslick honored her as the Sky Valley Volunteer of the Year, for her extensive service to the community.
“We are extremely excited to be an official part of the city,” Geiger said. “Our biggest goal has always been to do what’s best for Sultan. We are passionate about community-building and are dedicated to our mission of making this a better place for families and individuals.”
Operating as a city board allows the Alliance to adopt the city’s nonprofit status and accept charitable contributions that are tax deductible. Grants and donations will route to a specified Sultan Community Alliance account, with all expenditures to be reviewed and approved by the Sultan City Council.
“We look forward to continuing to do what we do best,” Geiger said. “Providing family-friendly activities that engage community members and encourage them to get out and meet their neighbors!”
Next up on the Alliance agenda is Trunk or Treat Main Street, a Halloween festival that invites costumed community members to celebrate the ghostly holiday with trick-or-treating in Sultan’s historic downtown core. Candy is distributed at participating downtown Sultan businesses and from decorated vehicles parked along the way. Sultan’s famous Headless Horseman usually stops by for a breathtaking stroll through town, dazzling kids and adults alike as he passes out treats.
Awards are given to the spookiest storefronts and the creepiest car trunks.
The Alliance is now accepting candy donations to support Trunk or Treat. Donated candy can be dropped off at Sultan City Hall, located at 319 Main Street in Suite 200.