After careful thought and consideration, Deputy Mayor Glenn Rogers has decided to retire from the Kenmore City Council. Earlier this year, Rogers, on the advice of his doctor, requested a temporary medical leave of absence from the Kenmore City Council. The City Council approved the leave of absence, and, after a selection process, appointed Stacey Denuski to serve in Rogers’ council seat.
Rogers has reported that his health condition is not improving as quickly as he hoped or expected, and given the uncertainty in and length of his recovery, he has decided to retire and step down from the City Council. The City Council will consider Rogers’ resignation at the Sept. 8 City Council meeting.
“Glenn Rogers has served honorably and faithfully during his decade of service on the City Council,” said Mayor David Baker. “It has been an honor and a joy to serve with him, and it is an understatement to say that he will be missed.”
Rogers was first elected to the City Council in January 2004. During his terms on the City Council, Rogers has helped set the vision for improved pedestrian safety and transportation systems as well as significant park improvements and renovations. New sidewalks and safety improvements on Bothell Way are among the achievements Rogers is most proud of. “We’ve seen a 40 percent reduction in accidents on the improved portions of Bothell Way,” Rogers said. “That’s a lot of human suffering that is no longer happening in our city.”
Economic development has also been a top priority for Rogers, who was very involved and played a key role in providing the vision and direction for the city’s Economic Development Strategy. Rogers is pleased with the progress the city has made in improving its downtown and the momentum being created by the new investments in Kenmore Village. The new Kenmore Business Incubator is also a project that Rogers has spearheaded and is pleased with the added jobs and business-friendly exposure that has come to Kenmore as a result of the Incubator.
Rogers has also been passionate about improving the public’s access and connection with Kenmore’s waterfront and has helped set waterfront access as a priority for the city. He was able to attend the dedication event for the newly acquired Squire’s Landing property earlier this week.
“This new acquisition and the private-public partnership for waterfront programming and instruction is a significant, positive step forward in bringing our citizen’s desire to more meaningfully access the water closer to reality,” Rogers said.
“Glenn is a dear friend and colleague, and I have enjoyed watching his passion and love of Kenmore,” said City Councilman Milton Curtis. “He has been relentless in his vision for a family-friendly Kenmore, and he can look back with great satisfaction knowing that has advanced that vision forward.”