Tacoma has a new mayor–Mike Crowley

“The Tacoma City Council unanimously elected two-term Councilman Mike Crowley to serve as Tacoma’s mayor through 2001.Crowley, 55, has served for seven years in an at-large city council seat, and served as Tacoma’s deputy mayor in 1998.As mayor, Crowley will run city council meetings and represent the city at various public events and more.He takes over the position previously held by Brian Ebersole.Ebersole officially resigned as mayor Jan. 1 to dedicate full-time to his new position as president of Bates Technical College.Crowley will serve in the mayor’s seat until Dec. 31, 2001.The voters will then elect a new mayor to a four-year term in the general election this November. Term limits prevent Crowley from running at that time.During the next year, I hope to keep up the momentum as we continue to grow our local economy and make progress on a numbe rof major public projects–from the convention center to the Thea Foss Waterway redevelopment to our neighborhood investments, Crowley said.Crowley will earn $65,760 as Tacoma’s mayor for 2001.His community service activities included tutoring in the SMART reading program (now the Werlin Reading Teams) and serving on various boards. He is a member of Rotary No. 8 and past president of the Local Development Council where he helped originate a downtown program to improve security, cleanup and retail recruitment.Crowley has supported Tacoma’s downtown revitalization efforts and neighborhood enhancements.Crowley, a Tacoma native, works for Windermere Real Estate. Before joining Windermere in 1996, he owned Dahnken Jewelers in downtown Tacoma.He studied business at Pacific Lutheran University. “