- Your Government
Welcome to the City of Mount Vernon, Washington! Our city has a firm belief that our municipal government will be a model of success - committed to a pragmatic vision for those who choose to create a life here.
You can be proud of your City Hall.
We are a mission-driven organization. We are committed to provide the most effective and efficient basic services and work with our community in a respectful and collaborative manner.
About Mayor Jill
Mayor Jill Boudreau began City leadership on January 1, 2012. She is committed to a municipal government that is efficient, adaptable, dignified, and inclusive. She brings creative energy to City Hall, and has significantly raised the level of community engagement in the City of Mount Vernon.
Her skill in communication was developed over time by adapting to frequent relocations and jobs as a military spouse, the experience of living overseas, as a Community Service Officer with the Mount Vernon Police, and being a volunteer mediator.
The City of Mount Vernon is a code city and a Mayor/Council form of government. The Mayor is the chief executive and administrative officer for the City of Mount Vernon and oversees and manages all operations including: Finance, City Attorney, Information Services, Human Resources, Development Services, Library, Public Works, Parks and Enrichment Services, Police and Fire Department. This includes a City staff of 255 full time employees, 56 part time/seasonal employees, and a total City budget of $141 million.
Some of Mayor Boudreau's accomplishments to date include:
- Refocused the City’s standards of service and community engagement activities leading an interdisciplinary team of Department Directors
- Facilitated a City team to design and launch a new City website and social media with increased transparency and resident engagement in government services
- Project manager for $53 million Mount Vernon Library Commons project including public library, community center, commercial kitchen, park and ride, 76 Electric Vehicle charging units, regional bus stop, and electric bicycle charging
- Responsible for $30 million flood protection project resulting in FEMA flood map revision
- Generated innovative economic development initiatives utilizing public and private partnerships including the establishment of the Skagit Innovative Partnership Zone, founding membership with Next Century Cities, and 300% expansion of fiber optic hookups within the City.
- Planned and implemented a successful community education program of transportation projects and need within the City – leading to passage of sales tax increase ballot measure to increase transportation projects by $1.6 million annually
- Provided clear leadership during crisis situations: Skagit River Bridge collapse, police critical incidents, COVID-19 pandemic, record flood events, and complex personnel issues including terminations and discipline
- Led evaluation of the Washington State Voting Rights Act and City Ward demographics to ensure equity of representation in voting districts
- Proposed and implemented new technology services including parks reservation software, general facilities management software, permitting software, financial suites, mobile applications in library services, and monthly City Hall newsletters
- Led in the development of “First Impressions” initiatives establishing focus on visible areas of the City – tripled the public art installations citywide
- Instituted weekly Mayor's Coffee Hours providing residents one hour of direct and open access to the mayor – over 350 community engagements held to date
- Established collaborative working relationships with five City labor groups
- Effectively steered multi-jurisdictional boards as chair of Skagit Transit, Skagit Council of Governments (SCOG), SCOG Transportation Policy Board, and Vice Chair of Skagit 911
- Established the City’s regional leadership in Countywide issues by active participation and facilitation in the public safety facility advisory group, emergency medical services study group, re-organization of 911 service funding model, reorganization of the Department of Emergency Services, and North Star group for human services
- Represents Whatcom, Island, San Juan and Skagit County cities on the Association of Washington Cities Board of Directors (2020 - present)
- Served as local government representative for the Ultra-High Speed Ground Transportation (UHSGT) executive committee, State of Washington, 2020
- Appointed by Governor Inslee to the SR 530 Landslide Commission – producing recommendations for changes in state law – adopted in 2015 legislative session
Mayor Boudreau holds a Bachelor of Science Degree, Business Management; Masters in Business Administration; and Advanced Certificate of Municipal Leadership, Association of Washington Cities. She is currently enrolled in Executive Education with Harvard Kennedy School.
Her deep commitment to service has resulted in the following recognitions:
- Association of Washington Cities, All-Star Advocacy Award
- Association of Washington Cities, Community Engagement Award
- Association of Washington Cities, Advanced Certificate of Municipal Leadership
- Soroptimist International Ruby Award honoring women who have worked to improve the lives of women and girls through their professional and/or volunteer work
- Mount Vernon Police Organizational Contribution Award
- Commendation of service from Ambassador to Uruguay, Thomas Dodd
- Certified Caseworker Medal of Merit from Navy Marine Corps Relief Society
- Commendation from the Secretary of the Navy for assistance in supporting military spouses