New Winlock City Attorney Jim Buzzard and New Winlock Mayor Brandon Svenson
On Monday, March 24, the Winlock City Council held their meeting to start a new era in the City of Winlock. Winlock City Council voted for not just a new mayor for the city but also a new city attorney. The City of Winlock is poised for success.
Brandon Svenson was unanimously selected by the Winlock City Council to serve as Mayor of Winlock. Svenson was elected to Winlock City Council in November, 2019. In January, Svenson was chosen to be Mayor Pro Tem. When former Mayor Donald Bradshaw resigned, Mayor Pro Tem Svenson stepped in and took over the disaster Bradshaw left for the citizens, including lawsuits, along with employee and grant issues.
Svenson, a graduate of Onalaska High School, moved to Winlock in 2007. He left Winlock for 3 years to live in Las Vegas, then came back to where his family is located. Svenson is the owner of the building located on the corner of Walnut and S.E.First street, known as the old "Ford Garage." Purchasing the building over a year ago, Svenson has painted the exterior and cleaned up the interior, bringing a much needed change to the downtown core. He has partial space leased out to Winlock Tire and Auto. Svenson is married to Melissa and they have two boys Jaymz and Carter.
Svenson is ready to be your new mayor, he stated, "I'm eager to usher in a positive attitude and direction within city hall, one in which works more closely and cooperatively with the community. It is time to move past the things that have bogged this community down for years. With a fresh perspective and attitude, the Winlock City government, schools and residents can create a positive flourishing community the likes we've never seen. The time is now, let's get after it Winlock!"
The other change of the evening was the firm who will represent the City of Winlock. Buzzard and O'Rourke are the new city attorney's. Jim Buzzard will serve as the City attorney while Winlock High School graduate Dana Williams will serve as the Winlock City Prosecutor. Buzzard is a well known municipal attorney, he currently works for many of our neighboring cities, including Toledo and Napavine.
Buzzard, a graduate of Centralia High School, attended Seattle University Law School and the University of Washington where he earned his Juris Doctorate in Law in less than 3 years.
Buzzard was instrumental in helping the City of Napavine turn things around, after previous attorneys Hillier, Scheibmeir and Kelly, PS, allowed an entire illegal council. Buzzard's areas of practice include Estate planning, Real Estate, Probate administration, Trust and Business issues.
Buzzard is a great attorney, he will work hard for citizens of Winlock. He stated, "I enjoy the work of being City Attorney. I'm looking forward to serving the City of Winlock and the community."
Buzzard continued, '"Right now, the City has a Mayor and Council that are on the same page in wanting to make positive advancements for the community, which include identifying efficiencies and taking advantage of current and future opportunities. I'm excited to be a part of it." Buzzard has hit the ground running, he has already been at City Hall twice in one week to meet with Mayor Svenson.
It was quite the picture to see these two young men come together for the betterment of the community. Winlock is poised to win in the future with these two men at the helm.