Mayoral directives

In accordance with key priorities to support our ultimate vision and goal of ensuring the best quality of life possible for our residents, businesses and visitors, all mayoral directives are orders issued directly by Mayor Cassie Franklin. These directives urge City of Everett employees and departments to take immediate and specific action to achieve the outlined goal.

During the 2023 State of the City address on Mar. 9, 2023, Mayor Franklin announced five new directives that are now the priority of City of Everett staff and departments: 

To view all directives issued under the authority of Mayor Franklin, select the tabs below for a year-by-year list, including a PDF version of each directive.

  1. 2023
  2. 2022
  3. 2021
  4. 2020
  5. 2019
  6. 2018

2023 mayoral directives

On Mar. 9, 2023, Mayor Cassie Franklin issued five new directives. Below is a link to each directive – as well as a list of associated initiatives.

  1. Reallocate resources to establish a violent crime unit to address and reduce violent crime in the community
  2. Develop and launch community violence prevention and response programs in partnership with community organizations
  3. Support the changes needed at all levels of government to prevent gun violence
  4. Remain a leader on pursuing firearm surrender orders via the court system
  5. Explore new and innovative sources of funding and strengthen partnerships to address violent crimes
  1. Develop and implement new strategies to compassionately address the local behavioral health crisis
  2. Support legislative and policy changes that address the multitude of behavioral health needs in our city
  3. Expand the City’s embedded social worker program to provide additional mental health and service navigation support to the community
  4. Advance the important work local behavioral health service providers and organizations are doing to address the behavioral health crisis
  1. Increase the supply of housing at all price points
  2. Increase affordable and middle-income housing throughout the city
  3. Increase and protect affordable housing to prevent, or mitigate the impacts of, displacement and gentrification
  4. Sustain and increase shelter options with services and support for our unsheltered population
  1. Expand and restore green spaces and natural areas within the City of Everett
  2. Support citywide transition to zero-emission vehicles
  3. Reduce or eliminate the use of fossil fuels in city-owned buildings and facilities
  4. Improve neighborhood walkability and encourage non-motorized ways for people to get around
  5. Be a model of sustainability
  1. Work to establish Everett’s reputation as businesses’ first choice for a location to grow and thrive
  2. Continue significant progress on infrastructure projects to make the City of Everett more resilient, safer and future-ready
  3. Build or redevelop a stadium, amphitheater and park in Everett to provide an outdoor quality of life amenity and attract tourism spending to energize our economy
  4. Explore new and innovative opportunities available and expand existing initiatives to generate revenue for the City of Everett and/or to reduce the costs of providing municipal amenities
  5. Expand the recreational, cultural and arts offerings throughout the city, especially in historically underserved areas

Transition Advisory Team

In December 2017, Mayor Franklin asked 55 community leaders to serve on her transition advisory team and to provide feedback on Everett's strengths and the opportunities they want to see the City pursue. There was representation from across the city, and from different age groups, income brackets and industries. The team provided valuable input (PDF) that helped influence Mayor Franklin's top priorities of public safety, economic development and community engagement.