Councilwoman Susan Honda appointed as Federal Way’s deputy mayor

Honda received four votes in favor, 3 opposed.

Federal Way City Council Member Susan Honda was appointed from among her fellow council members as the city’s next deputy mayor with a 4-3 vote on Tuesday night.

Following the vote, Honda was sworn in for the two-year term, replacing Jeanne Burbidge who served two consecutive terms in the role during her last four years on council. Burbidge’s 20-year tenure on the council came to an end Dec. 31 after she decided not to seek another term. Honda was first elected to the council in 2011 and re-elected in 2015. She unsuccessfully challenged Mayor Jim Ferrell for his seat last November.

Councilwoman Dini Duclos nominated Honda for deputy mayor during Tuesday’s meeting, and Councilman Martin Moore nominated Lydia Assefa-Dawson.

Jesse Johnson, Hoang Tran and Duclos voted for Honda, while Mark Koppang and Moore voted for Assefa-Dawson. Honda and Assefa-Dawson each voted for herself.

Later in the meeting, Moore said he had concerns about Honda serving in the role but hopes she will be successful and work well with the rest of the council.