Dooley says goodbye after two decades of service
On February 11, 1991, a bearded Neal Dooley was sworn in as a new Lake Stevens City Councilmember and after almost 23 years of community service on the council Dooley served at his last meeting on Monday, December 9, 2013.
Dooley was surprised by the council, city staff and family and friends that evening with a cake, goodies and many kind and heart-felt words of gratitude.
When Dooley began his tenure with the city the population was 3,765. After thousands of votes by council and eight annexations the city now has 28,961 citizens.
"That's a lot of decisions made along the way," Lake Stevens Mayor Vern Little said. "Neal is always the consistent voice. He always takes in all the information and comes back with a decision everyone can live with."
Dooley is well known for his fair and open-minded decisions. He never made a decision on a whim or without taking the time to research both sides of any topic.
"I could always count on Councilmember Dooley to look at both sides of an issue and base his decision on the facts not emotion. Neal wasn't one to talk just to talk yet not afraid to ask the hard questions," Lake Stevens City Administrator Jan Berg said. "Neal has been a consistent presence on the Council for many, many years and is going to be truly missed - plus he is a heck of a nice guy."
Dooley thanked the many people he has worked with over the years including city staff, fellow councilmembers and his family.
"It's been great, it's been interesting. This is probably the finest group and the finest staff we've had all along," Dooley said. "My family has been a real support through the years."
Dooley's seat on the council will be filled by incoming councilmember Sam Lowe who will start his four-year term in January.