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Lynnwood redacts Parks Director applications in wake of transparency concerns

Lynnwood Parks Director

LYNNWOOD—In following up with some City of Lynnwood staff members’, and former staff members’, concerns over the city’s lack of transparency related to executive leadership position appointments, the Lynnwood Times requested to see all applications of those applying, and interviewing, for the vacant Parks Director position left when former Director Lynn Sordel’s retired; however, all […]

Lynnwood Mayor faces criticism in recent appointments and a force retirement

Lynnwood Mayor

LYNNWOOD—When former Lynnwood Parks & Recreation Director Lynn Sordel officially retired from his position on March 15, he was disappointed by Mayor Christine Frizzell’s decision to place Joel Faber as interim Director instead of his, and his staff’s, recommendation to transition Deputy Director Sarah Olson into the role of Director. Now, some city staff members, […]

Investigation finds Lynnwood illegally changed public comment policy

lynnwood public comment

LYNNWOOD—A Lynnwood Times investigation finds that Lynnwood Council leadership and the mayor’s office may have unintentionally violated multiple state laws, its municipal code, and its Council Rules and Procedures by changing its public comment policy for its December 11 Business Meeting without an official motion by the council nor the passing of a resolution. Ever […]

Jim Smith departs in legislative ‘blaze of glory,’ Sutton’s call for audit passes

jim smith

LYNNWOOD, Wash., December 13, 2023—In their final meeting of the year, the Lynnwood City Council passed their mid-biennial budget and added new agenda items for the incoming council next year. The budget passed without any further discussion in a 6-0-1 vote with Councilmember Josh Binda abstaining.  As was previously reported, since Lynnwood operates on a […]

Election 2023: Exclusive video interviews with Mukilteo, Lynnwood, and Judicial candidates

Election 2023

LYNNWOOD, Wash., October 7, 2023—In preparation for the upcoming General Election on November 7, 2023, the Lynnwood Times’s publisher Mario Lotmore and senior reporter Kienan Briscoe sat down with each of the Lynnwood City Council and Mukilteo City Council candidates to help you make an informed decision. Snohomish County Superior Court Position 17 candidates Patrick Moriarty and Mary Anderson also […]

Letter-to-Editor: Why We Need To Vote For Jim Smith

jim smith

As a concerned resident of Lynnwood who has lived here for several years, I can’t stress enough the importance of experienced and committed leadership in our community, especially in turbulent times; this is why I wholeheartedly endorse Jim Smith for reelection to the Lynnwood City Council. Jim’s Stance on Public Safety:Jim Smith’s 27 years of […]

Lynnwood Times candidate interviews for Lynnwood City Council


LYNNWOOD, Wash., September 30, 2023—In preparation for the upcoming General Election on November 7, 2023, the Lynnwood Times sat down with each of the Lynnwood City Council candidates to help you make an informed decision. Each candidate provided a short bio on themselves which we have included at the end of the article. The Lynnwood […]

Public Facilities District welcomes investigation of Board and Executive Director

Public Facilities District

LYNNWOOD, Wash., September 12, 2023—After public comments, mostly surrounding the Lynnwood Public Facilities District, the City Council postponed ARPA funding allocations until its next Business Meeting, approved the mayor to submit a grant for the overlay of two tennis courts, and renewed its Interlocal Cooperation Agreement between Snohomish County and the Urban County Consortium during […]

A taste of Hawaiian culture at The District’s first Lynnwood Luau

Lynnwood Luau

LYNNWOOD, Wash., August 20, 2023—The District, formerly called the Public Facilities District, hosted its first outdoor cultural event, Lynnwood Luau, in the parking lot of the Lynnwood Event Center on Saturday, August 19, 2023. Approximately 2,200 people were expected to attend throughout the day enjoying hula and drum lessons by Sunshine from Polynesia; live music […]

Council approves ARPA funds for eight projects focused on youth and families

ARPA funds

LYNNWOOD, Wash., August 14, 2023—The Lynnwood City Council approved eight community projects utilizing $668,130 of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds at its Business Meeting on August 14. The council will further discuss and allocate the remaining $144,177 of ARPA funds at its September 5 meeting — the council is in summer recess until September. […]

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