> Home > About Auburn >  News and Notices > City of Auburn set to swear in first female mayor and new city council members

News and Notices

City of Auburn set to swear in first female mayor and new city council members

The swearing in of Nancy Backus on Jan. 6, 2014 will move Auburn’s history forward with the entrance of its first female to hold the office. Backus has served Auburn for the last 10 years as a city council member with the last two years as deputy mayor. In her most recent assignments as a councilmember, she served as Chair of Planning and Community Development, Council Operations, Committee of the Whole, and was Chair of the Finance Committee for nine years.

In addition, she has served on the King County Growth Management Planning Council and the National League of Cities (NLC) Finance, Administration and Intergovernmental Relations (FAIR) Policy Committee for the last six years.  She is also a member of the Economic Development Council of King County.

She has spent the last 24 years at the Boeing Company in finance and accounting roles. She received the Boeing Career Foundation Program (BCFP) Manager of the Year in 2011 and leaves her current role of Financial Operations Manager for the company’s Commercial Airplane Group to take the office of mayor.

She is a 2007 graduate of both the Leadership Institute of South Puget Sound and the Dale Carnegie Leadership Advantage course where she was selected by her fellow students to receive The Human Principles in Action award. In 2012, she was honored by the Leadership Institute of South Puget Sound with their Distinguished Alumni Award.

A strong believer in service to community and bettering the lives of women and girls, Backus earned the Soroptimist International of Auburn Women Helping Women award in 2002 and spent 33 years as president of the Miss Auburn Scholarship Program. In 2013, she received the Program’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Under her watch she saw the Program grow into one of the largest local programs in the Miss America Organization.

“I have been very fortunate to have incredible mentors in my life,” says Backus. “They have taught me the importance of giving back to a community that has given me so much. We have a city council that is dedicated to the best for our city, and each brings with them their own experience and expertise to offer. I am excited and humbled by the opportunity to be the Mayor of Auburn and by the support I have received from my family and friends.”

Backus and her husband have a daughter attending Auburn High School. She has lived in Auburn most of her life and herself is a graduate of Auburn High School, Green River Community College and holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from City University.

Also being sworn in are Rich Wagner who was re-elected for his seventh city council term and was selected by the council to serve as the next deputy mayor; and two newly elected councilmembers Claude DaCorsi and Yolanda Trout. Trout will be Auburn’s first Latina on city council.

The public swearing in of the mayor and city council will take place prior to the Jan. 6, 2014 city council meeting in City Hall Council Chambers located at 25 West Main St. at 6 p.m. with a welcome reception to follow.

2014 Welcome Reception