Office of the Mayor
Term: 2016 - 2019
First elected in 2007, John Marchione is now in his third term as mayor of Redmond, a thriving city 16 miles east of Seattle. The community of over 65,000 is home to a variety of industries such as aerospace, high tech, video gaming production, and biotech, as well as several thousand small businesses where over 85,000 people are employed.
As Mayor, he is the executive leader of a full-service city, overseeing eight departments consisting of over 660 employees. The Mayor partners with the City Council to set a strategy, vision, and policy direction for the City of Redmond. To date, the City has adopted Budgeting by Priorities, completed the downtown street grid, and purchased the Burlington Northern Santa Fe line and converted it to the Redmond Central Connector.
Mayor Marchione’s accomplishments include the implementation of an “Organization of Excellence” program, improved overall financial performance and operational efficiency at the City by 18%, and fostered relationships with city, state, federal, and tribal governments to create environmental investments to improve fish habitat, stormwater storage, and water quality.
In the local community, John has teamed up with local business and community leaders to establish OneRedmond - a combination of the business, economic development, and community leaders working towards one vision for Redmond. He also worked with other community leaders to found the Lake Washington Schools Foundation where he served as a board member and treasurer.
Regionally, Mayor Marchione has served in many leadership roles, including President of the Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) (2015 to 2017), Sound Transit Board Member (2008 to present), President of Sound Cities Association (2014), and Chair of Cascade Water Alliance (2012 to 2015). Additionally, he served as a member of the Medic One/EMS Levy Reauthorization Advisory Task Force. Statewide, he convened tech cities throughout Washington to form the Washington Tech Cities Coalition (WTC2). Nationally, Mayor Marchione served on the U.S. Conference of Mayors Infrastructure Financing for Cities Task Force.
Before his election as mayor, John Marchione served on the City Council for four years. He has over 25 years of professional experience in local government working in finance, capital projects, water quality and supply, and economic development. He has worked as the CFO for the Meydenbauer Convention Center and for the cities of Snoqualmie, Kent, and Federal Way, as well as the King County Budget Office.
John earned a Master of Public Administration from the University of Washington (1987) and a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities from Seattle University (1985).
Form of Government
Redmond has a strong Mayor/Council, non-partisan form of government. Seven council members and the Mayor, all representing the community at large, are each elected directly by the people for staggered four-year terms. The City Council adopts the City budget, establishes law and policy, approves appropriations and contracts, levies taxes and grants franchises.