The Lincoln City Council today announced that Sändra Washington has been nominated to fill the at-large City Council seat vacated when former Council member Leirion Gaylor Baird was sworn in as Mayor. The Council will vote on the appointment at its meeting Monday. Washington, a current member of the Lincoln-Lancaster County Planning Commission, will fill the remainder of the term through May 2021 if approved. She was selected from 24 applicants.
“It was thrilling to see so many talented, qualified candidates apply for this position and their willingness to serve their community and the City we love,” said City Council Chair Jane Raybould. “We want to encourage those who had applied to consider serving on one of the many advisory boards and commissions in our community.”
Washington is originally from Columbus, Ohio, and has lived in Lincoln since 1990. She worked with the National Park Service for 25 years, retiring in 2014 as the Association Regional Director for Cultural Resources, Planning, Construction, Communications, Legislation and Congressional Affairs. Washington currently serves on the board of the Nebraska Trails Foundation and the National Parks Conservation Association. She attended the Ohio State University for undergraduate and graduate school and is a lifetime member of Girl Scouts USA.
Mayor Gaylor Baird will appoint a replacement for Washington on the Planning Commission, and that appointment requires approval by the City Council and County Board.