As of November 1, 2017, the acting mayor is Mayor Pro Tem and Councilmember John Seehuus, who moved into the position after it was vacated by Mayor Carolyn Eslick. As mayor pro tem, Seehuus will preside over council meetings while retaining the ability to vote on matters in his capacity as a councilmember. Seehuus will serve as mayor pro tem until the council appoints one of its seven members to complete Mayor Carolyn Eslick’s four-year term, which will expire on December 31, 2019. Eslick resigned her position as mayor of Sultan as of October 31, 2017, after her September 20, 2017 appointment to the Washington State Legislature as 39th District Representative.

For more information about Mayor Pro Tem John Seehuus, please visit his councilmember page at: Councilmember John Seehuus.

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, the Sultan Community Alliance Board and Civil Service Commission.

Ken Walker was appointed by former Mayor Carolyn 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.