On January 2, 2024, during the City Council Meeting, Mary Miller officially became North Bend’s 21st mayor. City Clerk Susie Oppedal performed the swearing-in ceremony. Miller’s term started the day before, on January 1.
Mayor Miller moved to North Bend in 1991 and quickly got involved in the city’s government and economy. She was part of the City Council for four years, with her term ending on December 31, 2023.
In 2023, she led both the Community and Economic Development Committee and the Transportation and Public Works Committee. Before her time on the Council, she was on the City’s Planning Commission from 2016 to 2019.
Miller played a key role in starting and growing the North Bend Downtown Foundation, which has been around for over ten years. She also worked with the City’s Economic Development Commission in 2023.
Raising two children in the local school district, Miller has been a committed Valley resident for over three decades. She’s also volunteered for various local organizations, like the Northwest Railway Museum and the Snoqualmie Valley Historical Museum. She holds positions like Vice President of the Snoqualmie Valley Governments Association and is an alternate for the Snoqualmie Watershed Forum.
Apart from her volunteer work, Mayor Miller was the city photographer from 2009 to 2020, capturing important local events. She’s also had a career in the construction industry, focusing on traffic safety and strong infrastructure.
During her swearing-in, Mayor Miller expressed gratitude to the community: “I thank the community immensely for your incredible support that brought me to this position as your mayor. Over the next four years, I will endeavor to work tirelessly on your behalf with great thought, determination, and hope for the future of our wonderful City.”
Mayor Miller’s swearing-in recording is available on the city’s website at www.northbendwa.gov/civicmedia.
[Featured image: Mayor Mary Miller being sworn in by City Clerk Susie Oppedal at the January 2, 2024, City Council meeting.]