The mayor is the executive branch of the city government. The mayor is elected directly by the voters of Lake Forest Park for a four year term. The City of Lake Forest Park has a strong-mayor form of municipal government in which the mayor has the administrative authority to prepare and administer the budget, appoint a City Administrator, and appoint and dismiss department heads. The City Administrator supervises department heads, assists in the preparation and administration of the budget, and coordinates department operations.
Tom French was elected to the City Council in January 2012 and as Mayor in January 2024. He is a life-long resident of Lake Forest Park and attended Brookside Elementary, Kellogg Middle School, and Shorecrest High School. His father was the Associate Dean of the University of Washington Business School and an active volunteer in Lake Forest Park. Tom is married to Katy, an elementary school principal in the Edmonds School District.
City and Regional Representation
Suburban Cities Association (SCA) Public Issues Committee (PIC) - member SeaShore Transportation Forum - member
Education and Professional Experience
Tom French attended the University of Washington and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Management, International Business, and Creative Writing from Eckerd College. Tom has nearly two decades in senior positions in the software business, specializing in product strategy and strategic planning. He most recently served on the executive team of a software company specializing in cloud-based legal document drafting and matter management.
Contact Mayor Tom French
Citizens can reach Mayor French by phone at 206-368-5440, Ext. 101 or by email.