Don Britain chosen to serve as Kennewick Mayor
KENNEWICK, Wash. — At its first city council meeting of 2018, Kennewick city leaders selected long-time council member, Don Britain, as the new Mayor of Kennewick Tuesday night.
Britain was elected to the council in 2010 and was appointed Mayor Pro-Tem in 2013.
According to his biography on the city's website, Britain served six years as a reserve Kennewick Police Officer.
Mayor Britain said he plans to build on the growth seen under former Mayor Steve Young, continuing to develop areas in ways the next generation can be excited to stick around for.
He said he'd like to continue expanding the urban growth area south of Interstate 82, but lists development of Vista Field as one of the cities top priorities.
The new mayor, who said he's lived in Kennewick his entire life, called the new title a privilege and said he's really excited for this next step.
"To be elected mayor of the city I grew up in is really humbling, it really is, and it's an honor and something that I'm looking forward to."
Britain serves on a number of Boards and Commissions in the Tri-Cities including the Association of Washington Cities Board of Directors, Tri-Cities Regional Public Facilities District Board of Directors and many more.
Britain's term will last for two years.
He fills the mayor's seat left vacant by longtime Mayor Steve Young.
Young announced his plans to step down in December.
Council member Steve Lee was selected Mayor Pro-Tem of Kennewick at Tuesday's meeting.