Don Stose was sworn is as Ridgefield’s new Mayor at the City Council meeting on Thursday, April 12. Mayor Stose’s first words were “I am humbled and excited.” He also thanked Ron Onslow for his leadership as Mayor and promised to continue in his footsteps to make other cities envious of Ridgefield.
Don has served as a councilmember for eight years and, as an active member of the community, he is familiar with and knowledgeable about City issues. He has relationships with community leaders and local legislators, is the liaison to the Ridgefield School District Board and is respected by the community for active leadership roles in other organizations. He also has support of other Councilmembers for his knowledge and thoughtful decisions in key areas.
In Ridgefield, residents vote for Councilmembers and Councilmembers select a Mayor every two years. In January, the Council unanimously voted for Don Stose as Mayor. Ron Onslow will continue on the City Council as a dedicated volunteer in the community and an active Councilmember.
Onslow served as Mayor for ten years. He described his biggest challenge during that time as assuring that the community received superior services while planning for and managing rapid growth. He was involved in creation of a comprehensive plan and design standards that will sustain our small town charm, preserve the environment and natural beauty, and protect what matters most to the citizens of Ridgefield. He contributed to creating large projects and attracting new businesses such as the new Rosauers grocery store, the Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Center, Vancouver Clinic and a Clark College campus. And, he is leaving a strong foundation of development at the Junction, plans for a city/county-wide trail, and transition of sewer services to CRWWD.
Onslow is transitioning to a new role because he would have difficulty meet the Mayoral demands of our growing city with newly acquired regional responsibilities such as Chair of the SW Washington Regional Transportation Council, Board of Directors of the Association of Washington Cities, Clark College Culinary Arts Advisory Committee, Urban County Policy Board and the Discovery Clean Water Alliance. A new Mayor will be able to focus solely on Ridgefield needs.