Retirement celebration for Donna Michelson at Dec. 12 council meeting

Nov 30, 2017

The Mill Creek City Council plans to honor Donna Michelson for her 18 years of service to the city at the regularly scheduled meeting on Dec. 12.

“Donna has been a great community advocate, no matter if she encountered people on her daily run or in City Hall,” said City Manager Rebecca Polizzotto. “Mill Creek has changed significantly under her watch, growing from a rural community to a vibrant and distinguished City. She has done many great things, and she will be missed.”

Michelson has been a member of the Mill Creek community since 1978. Her community service dates back to the early years of Mill Creek when she helped develop a successful after-school program for students. She joined the city council in March of 1999. She was appointed deputy mayor in 2002 and again 2004. She served as mayor from 2006 through 2008.

During her tenure, worked worked with the council to help lead the vision and execution for the development of Mill Creek Town Center. In the days before a hearing examiner was used, Michelson was involved in creating the character of Mill Creek as its development unfolded. She was an advocate for the Mill Creek Sports Park, which serves more than 3,800 youth in the community every year.

Most recently, she was instrumental in the city’s creation of a safe internet purchase exchange site, which will allow community members to safely conduct e-commerce business in a police-monitored location when it is unveiled in early December.

“Our City has changed so much in the last two decades,” said Michelson. “I am honored to have been entrusted with the responsibility of safeguarding the community’s interests as Mill Creek has become an active, safe and friendly place to visit, work and do business – but especially a great place to live and call home.”

Over the course of her almost two decades on he council, Michelson has been focused on building community programs, including a free hazardous waste roundup event, a free electronics recycling program, a free pet micro-chipping event and numerous free document shredding events.

As the Councilmember sitting on the City’s Art and Beautification Board, she helped implement Art Walk and the annual Great Garden Awards, was a visionary behind the Veterans Monument, and led other community enrichment initiatives. She also served as the Council representative on the Mill Creek Library Board for many years.

Michelson will retire when her term expires on December 31, 2017. Those wishing to personally congratulate Donna and recognize her contributions are invited to attend the meeting that begins at 6p.m. and share in light refreshments after the meeting.

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