A public reception to mark the start in office of Kelli Linville as Bellingham mayor and Jack Louws as Whatcom County executive has been scheduled for Monday, Jan. 9.
The reception will be from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Squalicum Boathouse, 2600 Harbor Loop at Bellingham’s Zuanich Point Park. Appetizers and nonalcoholic beverages will be served. The expenses are being covered by the leftover campaign funds of both officeholders. No public funds will be used.
(fyi: Jared checked with the Public Disclosure Commission, and a staffer there told him that this use of campaign funds is perfectly legit under state law.)
Both Linville and Louws won four-year terms in the Nov. 8 general election. Linville’s term began Jan. 1 and she will have her swearing-in ceremony during the Bellingham City Council meeting at 7 p.m. Jan. 9. Louws begins his term when he takes his oath of office at 12:15 p.m. Jan. 9 in the County Council chambers at the County Courthouse.
Louws is a former Lynden mayor. Linville formerly served as 42nd District state representative, and that district includes Lynden.
The two leaders said the joint reception symbolizes a new chapter in the relationship between Bellingham and Whatcom County.
“I’ve enjoyed collaborating with Mayor Linville on various issues and believe we can find common ground on the challenges and opportunities awaiting both governments,” Louws said in a press release.
“This is the beginning of a new working relationship between the city and the county,” Linville said. “We may not always agree on issues, but we will work together for the best interests of our community.”