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Posted on: December 13, 2023

North Bend City Councilmember Jonathan Rosen not seeking re-election after 18 years of service

Jonathan Rosen

At the December 5, 2023, North Bend City Council meeting, the Council, Mayor Pro Tem Koellen, and staff acknowledged Councilmember Jonathan Rosen’s 18 years of service to the City of North Bend.

Councilmember Rosen chose not to file for reelection. He will end his long service effective December 31, 2023. Councilmember Rosen thanked Council, staff, and the community for their support and collaboration.

Mayor Pro Tem Koellen, fellow Councilmembers, and the public thanked Councilmember Rosen for his many years of participation on Council. Mayor Elect Miller expressed appreciation for his service, commenting, “It has been a joy to work alongside you. Thank you for everything you’ve done.”

On November 7, Mayor McFarland, Councilmembers, city staff, family and friends also gathered to acknowledge Councilmember Rosen’s work in the community. Mayor McFarland commented, “Jonathan and I both began service to the City in the early 2000s - he on the Economic Development Commission and I on Parks then Planning Commissions.”

In addition to serving on the City Council, Councilmember Rosen served on all four of the City Council Committees during his time in office, most particularly adding valuable input to the Finance and Administration Committee.  Councilmember Rosen also served as a liaison on various regional committees such as Eastside Transportation Partnership, Regional Fire Authority Planning Committee, Flood Control District Advisory Committee, Snoqualmie Watershed Forum, Snoqualmie Valley School District, Eastside Fire and Rescue and Northwest Railway Museum Board.  

“Throughout the years,” Mayor McFarland commented, “we had may deep conversations around city policy and our respective beliefs on appropriate standards and policy for city codes. While we at times were far apart on specifics, our talks were always civil and with mutual respect. Councilmember Rosen also always made known to me ahead of time if he was going to take a position in opposition to or introduce an amendment to an agenda bill coming before the Council; the so called ‘no surprise rule,’ and this I greatly respected. This decorum and respect shown by him, as well as recently resigned Councilmember Ross, is greatly missed.”

To view the December 5 City Council meeting, visit the Media Center at

Mayor Rob McFarland and Jonathan Rosen

Pictured here: Mayor Rob McFarland and Councilmember Jonathan Rosen

Mayor Elect Mary Miller and Jonathan Rosen

Pictured here: Mayor Elect Mary Miller and Councilmember Jonathan Rosen

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