Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy has been elected president of the Puget Sound Regional Council, which coordinates growth planning in a thriving four-county region.
McCarthy, serving her second term as county executive, was elected on Thursday, April 25, during the PSRC’s annual General Assembly. Redmond Mayor John Marchione was elected Vice President.
“The PSRC plays a vital role in knitting all of the communities of central Puget Sound together and planning for our future,” McCarthy said. “Over the next year we’ll be focused on improvements to our transportation system, boosting job growth, and ensuring the region continues to grow in ways that reflect our shared Northwest values.”
As president, McCarthy chairs the PSRC’s Executive Board and serves as the leader in guiding the PSRC’s budget and work program. The agency is preparing to update the region’s long range transportation plan, produce new data to monitor the region’s performance toward the goals in the VISION 2040 growth strategy, and select projects for federal transportation funding. PSRC’s Executive Board also will select a new Executive Director because of the retirement of Bob Drewel, who has led the agency for nine years.
McCarthy succeeds Kitsap County Commissioner Josh Brown as president of the PSRC.
The region’s General Assembly includes elected representation from all the members of the PSRC, including King, Pierce, Snohomish and Kitsap counties, as well as more than 80 cities, towns, state agencies, transit agencies, ports, and Tribal Governments. The Assembly meets at least annually to adopt the agency’s budget and elect leadership. Typically, the president of the PSRC serves for two years.