The current Mayor is Carolyn Eslick. Mayor Eslick is serving a four-year term which will expire on December 31, 2019. Mayor Eslick has been a Sultan resident since 1979. She previously served a term as a Councilmember from 1996 (two-year appointment). She was elected and served a four year term from 1998 to 2002.
Her goal as Mayor is to improve public safety and enhance the City’s business and economic development base.
The mayor-council form consists of an elected mayor (elected at-large), who serves as the City’s Chief Administrative officer, and a council (elected at-large), which serves as the municipality’s legislative body. The council has the authority to formulate and adopt city policies and the mayor is responsible for carrying them out. The mayor attends and presides over council meetings but does not vote, except in the case of a tie.
The mayor may veto ordinances, but the Mayor’s veto can be overridden by a majority plus one of the entire council membership.
The mayor appoints members of the City’s Planning Board and Civil Service Commission.
Ken Walker was appointed by Mayor Eslick as the City Administrator to assist with administrative and policy-related duties. By doing so, Sultan gains the benefit of professional management, allowing the mayor to focus greater attention on policy development and political leadership roles.