• Mayor John Chelminiak

    John Chelminiak

    Councilmember 1/1/04-12/31/19
    Deputy Mayor 1/2/06-12/31/07 and 1/4/16-12/31/17
    Mayor 1/2/18-12/31/19

    John Chelminiak, first elected to the City Council in 2004, is a champion for human services. The mayor represents the council on the Puget Sound Regional Council Executive Board, the Bellevue Convention Center Authority Board and the coordinating board of All Home. He is council liaison for Bellevue's Planning Commission and the Wilburton-Grand Connection Citizen Advisory Committee.

    John is the senior manager for public sector solutions at Waste Management, the nation's largest environmental solutions provider. He is the only council member to wrestle a bear, surviving a mauling near his vacation cabin at Lake Wenatchee in 2010.

    Prior to joining the council, John served on the Planning Commission. He has served on the board of Seattle's O'Dea High School since 1999. He was also a member of the Coordinating Committee for Regional Water Supply Planning.

    John holds a bachelor's degree in communications from Washington State University. The Alliance of Eastside Agencies named him Elected Official of the Year in 2011. John and his wife Lynn live in the Vuecrest neighborhood. He has a daughter, Megan, and a stepdaughter, Morgan.

    Council Assignments and Appointments

    • All Home Coordinating Board
    • Puget Sound Regional Council Executive Board
    • Puget Sound Regional Council Management Policy Board
    • Regional Economic Alliance Executive Board
    • Bellevue Convention Center Authority Board
    • One Table
    • Regional Transit Committee (alternate)
    • Planning Commission Liaison
    • Wilburton-Grand Connection Citizen Advisory Committee Liaison
    • Fire Pension Board Liaison

    Past Council Assignments and Appointments

    • U.S. Conference of Mayors (alternate)
    • Issaquah School District
    • Washington State Building Codes Council
    • Eastside Human Services Forum
    • King County EMS Advisory Task Force
    • Puget Sound Regional Council Growth Management Policy Board
    • Trade Development Alliance Board
    • Bellevue Electrical Reliability Study Stakeholders
    • Human Services Commission Liaison
    • Bellevue Economic Partnership
    • Eastside Transportation Partnership (alternate)
    • Probation Advisory Board
    • Disability Board
    • Parks and Community Services Board Liaison
    • Bellevue Sister Cities Association Liaison
    • Regional Issues Committee

    Community Service

    • Planning Commission, 2002-2003
    • O'Dea High School Board of Directors, 1999-Present
    • Coordinating Committee, Regional Water Supply Planning
    • Vuecrest Community Association Board


    • Waste Management: Public Sector Solutions for Washington and Idaho, 2013-present
    • John Chelminiak and Associates, 2007-present
    • Snohomish County Council, Chief of Staff, 2002-2007
    • Metropolitan King County Council
      • Chief of Staff, 1999-2002
      • Staff member, 1994-1999
    • King County Executive's Office: Press Secretary, 1988-1994
    • KIRO News radio 710: Reporter, Editor, Manager, 1977-1988


    • University of Colorado, Rocky Mountain Leadership Program
    • Washington State University, Bachelor of Arts, Communications