TERM: January 1, 2016 - December 31, 2019
Liberty Lake incorporated in 2001 with Steve Peterson as the first Mayor of the City. He served his term until 2007. Mayor Peterson was re-elected and is currently serving his four year term from 2016-2019.
Mayoral Experience includes, Eastern Washington Association of Mayors – Chair Person amd Vice Chairperson, Spokane Regional Transportation Commission – Chair Person and Vice Chairperson, Spokane County 911 Board, Liberty Lake Library Foundation, Meadowwood Estate Homeowners Association – President, and Association of Washington Cities - Nominations Committee.
Mayor Peterson is involved in the Liberty Lake Kiwanis Club. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, a Certified Medical Representative, and holds a Municipal Leader Certificate through the Association Washington Cities.
“As first Mayor, I was able to begin our own city and lead the council on a project of our own incorporation. I sought out and hired our finance, police chief and city administrator (manager) providing the basis for a most successful incorporation. Starting from nothing and with no money, we proceeded to provide outstanding service to our citizens by creating 24 hour community policing, purchasing our own City Hall, Golf Course and developing our own library along with several parks and community gardens. Leaving in 2007 after two terms, we had purchased well over 5 million in real estate, had a cash reserve in the bank of over 4 million dollars and put together a great team of people to manage our city. After one term off, I came back from retirement to again build upon where we had left off. Today we are working on developing a transportation package that will enhance our connection to I-90 and finish the final links of our city trail system. We have begun phasing in our community center and have worked out agreements with the school district to enhance property for ball fields until a middle school is built. Our current budget is approximately 12 million dollars and we serve a city of 7,500 people. Our goal is to be a good partner and voice in the needs not only for our city but the region we deal with employment, transportation and investments for our future generation. Being a city gives us a great voice in how services will be provided and how our monies will be spent. It is the best representation for our citizens to have as it ensures local control.”