Join King County Councilmember Joe McDermott
and Seattle business owners for a small roundtable discussion around topics impacting your business and neighborhood.
This is a great chance to speak directly with your Councilmember, hear about upcoming policies, and engage on community business issues.
A third-generation resident of West Seattle, Joe McDermott joined the King County Council in November 2010. He was reelected to a four year term in November of 2011. McDermott previously represented West Seattle, Burien, White Center and Vashon and Maury Islands in the Washington State Legislature for a decade.
Joe is a passionate advocate for vibrant and safe communities, reliable transit and transportation options, our environment and civil rights.
As he began his second year on the Council, his colleagues chose him to chair the Budget and Fiscal Management Committee where he led the County’s budget process. In 2016, he was chosen to be Chair of the County Council.
McDermott earned a Master of Public Administration from the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Affairs and holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science from Gonzaga University. Joe completed the Senior Executives in State and Local Government Executive Education program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government in June of 2009.
McDermott served as a Senior Budget Analyst with the Seattle School District and worked for former Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney John Ladenburg. He has also occasionally taught history and political science courses at South Seattle Community College. While serving in the Legislature, several summers found Joe using his History degree leading underground tours in Seattle’s Pioneer Square in the shadow of the King County Courthouse.
A runner, he lives in West Seattle with his husband Michael and has served on the board of Southwest Youth & Family Services and West Seattle Helpline. His other civic activities and memberships include the Greater Seattle Business Association, West Seattle Chamber of Commerce, Vashon Allied Arts and the Highline Historical Society.