Bonney Lake City Councilmember James Rackley retires from office due to health issues

Councilmember Rackley

Councilmember Rackley

Bonney Lake City Councilmember James Rackley retires
from office due to health issues
Join us in recognizing Rackley at June 11 Council meeting

Bonney Lake City Councilmember James Rackley tendered his resignation from office on June 5, effective immediately, because of ongoing health issues.

Rackley was first elected to office in 2000, and has served on council for nearly 20 years.

“On behalf of the Bonney Lake City Council, we extend our support to Jim and his family. We are grateful for his 20 years of service to council and the community. Jim has played an instrumental role in how Bonney Lake has transformed over the years, and has always represented Bonney Lake with great pride,” says Mayor Neil Johnson.

The public is invited to recognize Rackley for his service at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, June 11, 6 p.m., in the Justice & Municipal Center Council Chambers.

Per the City’s code, the City Council will appoint an interim council member to fill the remainder of Rackley’s term through December 2019. Council Position No. 4 is up for election on the November 5, 2019 ballot. Information on the procedure and deadline for applying will be posted on the City’s website,, once finalized.


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4 Responses to Bonney Lake City Councilmember James Rackley retires from office due to health issues

  1. Rebecca Giles says:

    Jim, unfortunately I will be unavailable on the night of the 11th. I would like to thank you for your many years of service to the City of Bonney Lake. The decisions you made were always for the benefit of bettering the community, and for this I am grateful. I am grateful for your part and your continued support of the Recreation Department and your realization of how important recreational activities are to every community. You were always kind to me and I thank you for that as well. I hope that whatever issues you are having with your health are resolved quickly and that you take time for yourself and your family to look back and realize your gift to the City of Bonney Lake. With appreciation and fondness, Rebecca L. Giles

    • Jim Nelson (Bond Undewriter with D.A. Davidson) says:

      Jim – I’m sorry to hear you are retiring from the Council. I have another City Council meeting to attend on June 11th and will not be able to attend your Council meeting. Thank you for the many years of service and dedication. I have always been impressed with your questions and interest in the bond financing market. We’ll keep working with the City to pursue the “AAA” rating, which I know you want.

      Best wishes!
      Jim Nelson

  2. Leslie @ City of Bonney Lake says:

    Thank you Rebecca and Jim for your kind remarks. I will share them with Councilmember Rackley.

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