Mayoral directives

2020 mayoral directives

Affordable housing for all

Mayor Cassie Franklin today issued a mayoral directive on affordable housing for all with the goal of addressing homelessness and supporting housing stability. The directive builds and expands upon efforts to encourage an increase in housing and shelter for all community members to address the shortage of housing at all price points, particularly for lower-income residents. 

Under the directive, City staff will:

  1. Implement the Rethink Housing engagement process and develop a citywide housing action plan by June 30, 2021
  2. Improve procedures and permitting requirements to ensure Everett is a friendly, attractive place for investors to develop housing
  3. Aggressively address homelessness and support housing stability in 2021

Building unity, addressing racism and promoting equity of all

On Sept. 22, 2020, Mayor Franklin issued a mayoral directive on building unity, addressing racism and promoting equity for all.

The directive builds and expands upon the work completed through the mayor’s 2018 directive on community engagement and inclusion and outlines initiatives to: engage with all Everett residents, especially those historically underrepresented; diversify the City workforce to better reflect the diversity of Everett; and embed equity as an explicit government principle in all City departments to assess how City operations, policies and procedures impact Everett residents.

Under the directive, City staff will:

  • Foster engagement and mutual understanding with the Black, Indigenous, people of color community, as well as other marginalized communities
  • Improve inclusion, equity and diversity at the City and create a culture of anti-racism, which actively addresses barriers to opportunities for all
  • Identify and address inequities and bias in City systems, policies and data

2018 mayoral directives

In 2018 Mayor Franklin issued five mayoral directives to guide the City's work. The mayor discussed the directives in her 2018 State of Everett address. Contact directive leads as listed on each directive's web page for additional information or details.

  1. Youth/gang violence
  2. Economic Development
  3. Community Engagement
  4. Safe Streets
  5. Budget Deficit

Directive on youth, gun violence and gang reduction

Prevention and Intervention internal work group: The internal group has been brainstorming prevention and intervention programs with the assistance of an external stakeholder group.

Organization and resource evaluation: An internal work group has met three times to continue looking at models and org charts for a stand-alone Gang Response Unit.

Gang Response Community Advisory Group: The group has been meeting regularly and briefed on work being done.

Firearms campaign: The team is developing the Lock it Everett campaign that will launch in June.

Juvenile Justice: The lead has met with prosecutor staff, defense counsel and juvenile justice center to better understand the delivery of juvenile justice in Snohomish County and is preparing a draft report of recommendations to be reviewed by stakeholders.

Funding: The City work group has compiled potential funding sources (mostly grants) to explore once the true costs of the firearm safety campaign and prevention/intervention programs are known. They have also met with the Community Foundation to discuss possible funding opportunities.

Updated 4/11/18

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.