By Richard Van Winkle, News of Mill Creek.
On Thursday, February 6, 2020, Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers announced Terry Ryan will be the county's new Aerospace Economic Development Director. He is to focus on retaining and increasing the county's aerospace industry.
“With aerospace at Paine Field representing almost $60 billion in economic impact to Snohomish County, it is vital that we have someone who can focus 100% of their time and energy on this critical sector and will understand its needs,” said Executive Somers.
He went on to say, “We must be aggressive when it comes to our largest economic engine, and we must look for continuing opportunities to strengthen and diversify our aerospace ecosystem, including a focus on suppliers, services, and manufacturers.”
“All my years of business experience building customer relationships and my tenure in elected leadership have prepared me for this. I am excited to take point on the aerospace sector,” said Ryan.
Ryan added, “Paine Field and the businesses in our aerospace cluster are our economy’s crown jewels. I will be working hard to ensure we can globally compete for business. The start of commercial service last year only makes Paine Field that much more valuable as a place for aerospace businesses. We are going to support everyone, large or small, who makes Snohomish county such a great place to innovate and invest.”
Ryan was elected to the Snohomish County Council in 2014 and is in the middle of his second term. He served on the Mill Creek City Council for 17 years, including four terms as mayor.
In an Everett Herald article Jerry Cornfield reported that Ryan will step down from the county council on Monday, February 10th, to start his new job.
Cornfield also reported the Snohomish County Democratic Party will nominate three people to take Ryan's place representing District 4. The county council will decide which of these three will be Ryan's replacement.
Cornfield said that Mill Creek City Councilmember Stephanie Vignal will be one of those seeking a nomination.