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Councilmember Don Persson

 Persson 2016

Serving since 2000
Current term expires 2019

Chair: Finance Committee
Vice Chair: Public Safety Committee
Member: Transportation Committee

 

Don Persson is serving in his seventeenth year on city council. He has served as Council President four times and has served on most council committees during his tenure.

Don knows the Renton Community extremely well as a result of growing up in our community, raising his family in the Renton area, serving thirty three years in the Renton Police Department (including leadership as Deputy Chief), and then serving three terms as a Renton Councilman.

Don watches the budget extraordinarily carefully, and works hard to make sure Renton residents get good value for every penny spent by the City of Renton. He does not hesitate to ask very detailed questions to ensure that nothing gets past him, a skill which he honed in his years of elected service and decades of police work.

Don serves on numerous regional boards and commissions, and works cooperatively with other jurisdictions to build cohesive regional plans. In this work he ensures these plans give fair value to the citizens of Renton. He won't compromise our city's interests, and he is quick to keep the rest of the council informed about details that could negatively impact Renton. He currently represents Renton in the Eastside Transportation Partnership.

Don is also a very active volunteer in our city. He was involved in P.T.A while his daughter was in school, and he continued this involvement after his daughter graduated, by working to establish Communities in Schools of Renton. He is also actively involved in Renton Rotary and is a founding board member of Renton River Days. Don is a very sought-after volunteer barbecue chef for large events, and can be found grilling chicken, salmon, hot dogs, and hamburgers for different community groups throughout each year.

In September of 2012, 2014 and 2016 Don was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Forensic Investigations Council.

Don Persson and his wife Vicky make their home on Renton Hill.

 

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