Mayor Rob McFarland began serving his first mayoral term in 2020. Prior to being elected, he served two terms on the North Bend Planning Commission: from August 2007 through May 2015 and then again from May 2018 through December 31, 2019. He has also served on the North Bend Parks Commission. 

Mayor McFarland has served on several community organizations since moving to North Bend in 1997.  His volunteer service includes Encompass NW, North Bend Parks Commission, North Bend Planning Commission, Meadowbrook Farm Preservation Association, Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce, and the Snoqualmie Valley Schools Foundation. 

Mayor McFarland’s term expires December 31, 2023.

The mayor is the chief executive and administrative officer of the city and serves as the official and ceremonial head of the city on ceremonial occasions. Functions of the mayor include:

  • Being in charge of all departments and employees
  • Directing the preparation and submittal of a proposed yearly budget to the City Council
  • Exercising the power to veto ordinances passed by the council (such veto may be overridden by vote of a majority of all councilmembers plus one more vote)
  • Making recommendations for council consideration and action
  • Presiding over all meetings of the City Council (mayor only has a vote in the case of a tie, except in the case of passage of any ordinance, grant, or revocation of franchise or license, or any resolution for the payment of money)
  • Reporting to the City Council concerning affairs of the city and its financial and other needs

sTATE OF THE CITY  |  a year in review

It is my honor and pleasure to share with you the 2022 North Bend State of the City. While at this time the COVID-19 pandemic continues as a back-drop for City governing and operations, we proved our resilience and adaptability in 2021. 

The new innovative practices and technologies we harnessed early in the pandemic continue to be honed and optimized and we are pleased to announce that City Hall reopened to the public today, March 1st. We appreciate your continued patience and understanding with this process as we comply with State and County requirements that are evolving literally as we speak. While public meetings remain virtual, at this time I expect that before the end of this month, I’ll be announcing the date for a return to in-person public meetings. When that happens, we expect to have a hybrid option whereby attendees will have a choice to be in person or remote. This, along with other new procedures and practices, are designed to meet the high expectations of our residents and businesses. 

We strive to always learn, evolve and improve and my message tonight reflects our many achievements during 2021. ’21 was another unprecedented year – but one highlighted by progress and positive outcomes for our citizens. These accomplishments reflect months, and sometimes years, of collaborative efforts by staff working with businesses, residents and elected officials to ensure our unique mountain town remains one of the most highly livable places in the state. As we progress into this new year, our goals and plans will continue to guide us in delivering significant projects and policies to better serve our residents while ensuring the City’s fiscal stability. 

View Mayor McFarland's full 2022 State of the City address here. Watch the State of the City address at the March 1st, 2022 City Council meeting, here.


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