MARYSVILLE — Since 2008, Marysville has seen its mayor and four of its seven City Council members either step down or choose not to run again, as other obligations or residency requirements have required them to leave office.
Such a mid-term departure was how Carmen Rasmussen herself came into the Marysville City Council in 2005, after the resignation of former Council member Lisa Vares from the Position 7 seat. Although Rasmussen won election to that seat in January of 2008, and a re-election on November of 2011, she resigned from her position on the Council effective Dec. 31, 2012, because of her family’s move outside the Marysville city limits.
While she and her husband, Darin, have raised their two children, Andrea and Chris, in Marysville, Darin recently left his own position, as a lieutenant and 22-year veteran with the Marysville Police Department, to accept a new job as assistant chief of campus security at Western Washington University in Bellingham.
While Rasmussen will miss her friends in Marysville, as well as the town she called home, she feels grateful to have left behind a legacy of accomplishments with her fellow Council members, such as completing long-planned transportation improvements — including those to State Avenue, as well as the creation of Ingraham Boulevard and the 156th Street I-5 over-crossing — and economic development projects.
“I am also proud of our success in the Healthy Communities initiative,” Rasmussen said of the program that was inspired by the Snohomish Health District naming Marysville the “fattest city” in Snohomish County in December of 2008. She likewise expressed pride in her role in helping to bring about the “Strawberry Fields for Rover” off-leash dog park, and shared what she saw as “the city’s focus on making the community a great place for families to live, including continuing to offer free and low-cost activities for people.”
Rasmussen touted not only her Council’s working relationships with the Tulalip Tribes and the Marysville School District, but also the number of individuals whom she was able to assist with questions and concerns on a more personal level, “to let them know that the city really cares about the everyday issues facing our citizens.”
Rasmussen saw her service on the Marysville Healthy Communities Leadership Committee and the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board as simply part of the same spirit that led her to sign onto the Council in the first place.
“My goal as a member of the Council was to continue to make Marysville a great place to live, raise a family and build a sense of community and connection for all of our citizens,” Rasmussen said. “While those seem like goals you never achieve but continually strive for, I do feel like I was able to make a difference, and that is very satisfying and humbling.”
Rasmussen expressed her gratitude to both government and citizens of Marysville for allowing her the opportunity to serve and she credited them with providing her with laughter, life lessons and role models.
“I will miss going to the grocery store, and seeing city staff and citizens, and being able to engage with those people in my everyday life,” Rasmussen said. “I will miss the awesome community events like Touch-a-Truck, Cinco de Mayo, the Strawberry Festival, the Tour of Lights and Christmas parade. I will miss working alongside dedicated staff, other elected officials and citizens to make the community a more connected and vibrant place to live and work. I am a richer person for having met the great people who live and work in Marysville. I appreciate that each one of you whom I had contact with taught me things and gave me perspectives that widened my view and understanding of the world. I appreciate the people who made raising our kids in Marysville a wonderful experience, and I will always carry a part of Marysville in me.”