After 16 years, Park will step down from city council

Federal Way City Council member Mike Park has announced he will not seek re-election to position 3. Park made an official announcement at the June 7 city council meeting.

Federal Way City Council member Mike Park has announced he will not seek re-election to position 3. Park made his announcement official at the June 7 city council meeting.

“Working on behalf of Federal Way’s citizens for sixteen years has been a rewarding and enriching experience. And it’s time for a fresh new face and perspective on the city council,” Park read from a prepared statement. “My sincerest appreciation goes to all city staff and colleagues for a memorable and great 16 years, and I look forward to being an active Federal Way citizen.”

During his service, Park established a reputation as a mild-mannered leader with a knack for building consensus and connections behind the scenes. Park, who owns a dry cleaning business, brought a business sensibility to council decisions. He often represented Federal Way on visits to South Korean sister city Donghae.

After being appointed to the council, Park was officially elected in 1995, then re-elected in 1999, 2003 and 2007. In 2010, Park was a candidate for Federal Way’s first elected mayor and finished fourth in the August primary with 17.8 percent of the vote.

Outside of his prepared statement, Park reviewed some of the projects that have come to fruition during his time as a council member in Federal Way.

“The city has made numerous accomplishments,” he said, “including the establishment of the city’s police department. (We have) provided leisure and recreational activity through the community center. (We have) improved road conditions by the asphalt overlay project.”

Park then reflected on his 16 years of service.

“June 6, 1995, I was sworn in as a council member. Sixteen years ago. It’s been very memorable. It’s been a great opportunity to serve this community. I’m very proud in building the city of Federal Way community as a better place to be. This has been my honor.”

The council and audience members gave the outgoing councilman a standing ovation, bringing a smile to Park’s face.

Mayor Skip Priest shared his thoughts on what Park has meant to Federal Way.

“I’ve certainly had the honor of working with Mike since 1991 when we first met, 26 years ago now. No one has understood or worked more actively for the betterment of our community than council member Park,” he said. “Your efforts are greatly appreciated and you can tell by the reaction today.”

Council member Jeanne Burbidge also took the time to thank Park for his dedication to Federal Way.”I personally appreciated the opportunity to serve with you during my time on council, and believe our city has been enriched by your dedication and the knowledge and good judgment you have brought to your city. Thank you,” she said.