Louise Miller re-elected Vice-Chair of Metro-King County Council
by Jeff Switzer
The Metropolitan King County Council has elected Jane Hague as chair for 1996 and re-elected Louise Miller as its Vice-Chair. This marks the first time that two women have been elected chair and vice-chair since 1979.
Miller has served as vice-chair for two years and represents District 3, which includes Woodinville, Bothell, Duvall, Carnation, Skykomish, and parts of Redmond.
"I'll be working more collaboratively with the new chair," Miller said. "We're trying to put together a real team with the two leaders."
Weekly meetings with Hague, Miller, and King County Executive Gary Locke are also in the works, in addition to making more joint decisions about what bills go to what committees, Miller said.
Of the top priorities Miller and Hague have for 1996, Miller cited working closer with cities in the region, not just Seattle, but the suburban cities as well, developing good working relationships with the local governments.
The chair's duties include: presiding over the weekly legislative meetings and the Committee of the Whole; appointing members to the council's committees; and providing general direction for the council's resources, budget, operations and organizational structure.
The chair also introduces all motions and ordinances relating to land-use appeals and road vacations.
The vice-chair's duties include: exercising the duties, powers and prerogatives of the chair when the chair is not available; chairing the council's Employment Committee; and employing all legislative branch employees, except councilmembers' personal staff, upon recommendation of the employment committee.