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Form of Government

The City is a “Code City” as described under Title 35A in the Revised Code of Washington. Black Diamond
operates under a strong Mayor form of government with five elected Councilmembers serving staggered four-year terms. The Mayor serves as the Chief Administrative Officer of the City and has hired a City Administrator to assist in day-to-day operations. The Council acts as the legislative body. When the City reaches a population of 5,000 state law requires expansion to a seven-member Council. View the Council Rules and Procedures and Council Committee Appointments.

The City Council meets regularly the first and third Thursdays of the month at 7 p.m. at the Council Chambers, 25510 Lawson Street. Special meetings are noticed at least 24 hours prior. View current Council Agenda and Packet Material.

Councilmembers serve staggered four-year terms. Positions are not by district, as all members serve “at large.” Current Councilmembers serving the citizens of Black Diamond are:

Mayor Benson grew up on Queen Anne Hill in Seattle. She attended Bellevue Community College and the University of Washington. She was also an instructor for Renton Technical College, teaching Small Business Accounting for several years.

Her entire career has been working in Finance and Management, in many different industries. Before retiring, she spent the last 25 years as Chief Financial Officer in the Civil Engineering, Land Development and Underground Utilities construction industries.

Mayor Benson has lived in the Black Diamond area since 1979, where she raised her two sons. She enjoys gardening, hiking, boating and spending time with her grandchildren.

Mayor Carol Benson
December 1, 2014 - November 2015

Councilmember Deady grew up in Black Diamond and graduated from Enumclaw High School in 1988, after high school she attended Highline Community College.

In 1990, Councilmember Deady married her high school sweetheart Brock Deady and moved to Spokane where they had two children Christopher and Quentyn. After five years in Spokane they moved back to Black Diamond. In 1996 she built a house on the property where she grew up and in the following years had two more children, Joshua and Mariah.

Councilmember Deady has been active in her children's school and sports activities and has served on the Black Diamond volunteer Fire Department.

Councilmember Deady enjoys any outdoor activites such as camping, gardening and hiking. Her hobbies include sewing, quilting and scrapbooking, she also likes to play volleyball and raquetball.

Councilmember Deady serves on the following Council Standing Committees:
Public Safety Committee - Chair
Budget, Finance Administration Committee

Councilmember Tamie Deady
Position No. 1
January 1, 2012 - December 31, 2015

Councilmember Morgan was raised in Normandy Park by a Swiss-born Mother, their representative democracy was inherited straight from Caesars Roman Army;  and an American born Father who’s ancestors fought in the American Revolution of 1776, with succeeding generations at the forefront of the migrations across North America, seeking and participating in representative democracy all the way.  Since 1953 I have been an active participant in my family”s manufacturing business now located in Pacific.  We cater particularly to high-voltage utility needs and products used for winching and hoisting for marine pursuits.  We have an electric motor, with no moving parts, used as a valve actuator for handling water by shipping and naval customers from around the world.

I began working in the Highline Hospital lab right out of high-school, continuing my education and working in medical science until I had a masters degree and was certified as a medical scientist. I found my homestead site on Black Diamond Lake in 1976, completed the sale February of 1978, moved a 17 foot travel trailer onto the land, began moonlighting in medical hospital labs in the area, in addition to my regular job at Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup.  In 1980 I was involved by taking part in developing our Comp. Plan with many Black Diamond residents.  Black Diamond did this to comply with the State mandated comprehensive planning. 

In 1986 I met and married Aaron Scott who built our house and helped with the homestead operation.  Now we share our homestead with four Bernese Mountain Dogs, twins Rosie & Emmy, Berg and Sammantha; two horses DeeDee and Mr. Red; and too many banty chickens to count or name here.  We welcome and enjoy many native wildlife fellow residents who also find a wholesome home in this amazing natural environment.

In continuing my community activism toward a reality of a more representative democracy,  and because I value your input, I will be available for regular in person chatting  on each Saturday 2-4 pm at the Black Diamond Library, in addition to welcoming communication on my official website.  Also, I have promised to form informal teams of concerned and interested citizens who self identify specific issues they wish to follow.  So, this means get in touch, and keep in touch with me so, I can represent your interests.

Cemetery and Parks Committee - Chair
Planning and Community Service Committee

Councilmember Erika Morgan
Position No. 2  
January 1, 2014 - December 31, 2017

Councilmember Edelman grew up in Bellevue and graduated from Holy Names Academy in Seattle. She attended Yakima Valley College and Green River Community College.

She worked for Boeing for 19 years specializing in Finance Government Property Management. She has extensive budgeting and accountability experience.

She and husband, Bob, have been married since 1982. The family moved to Black Diamond in 1989. She has one daughter, three stepchildren and five grandchildren.

Councilmember Edelman enjoys many hobbies including quilting, reading, xc skiing, hiking, traveling and playing with the grandchildren at Lake Sawyer.

Councilmember Edelman serves on the following Council Standing Committees:
Budget, Finance, Administration Committee - Chair
Planning and Community Service Committee -Chair

Councilmember Janie Edelman
Position No. 3

January 1, 2014 - December 31, 2015


Councilmember Brian Weber
Position No. 4

November 2015 - December 31, 2017

Councilmember Taylor was raised on the family farm and began community service at an early age by serving as a volunteer fire fighter and reserve sheriff’s officer. Educated in electronics and communications he has a life-long career in two-way radio as it applies to large business and public safety. This includes a number of years as the technical manager of the local 9-1-1 center.

Councilmember Taylor and his family of 5 moved to the greater Seattle area almost 30 years ago and moved to Black Diamond 13 years ago. He and his wife Robbin have been married for 34 years and have 3 grown children. Two of those children live in the Puget Sound area with their spouses and children while one son and his wife live on the east coast as he is serving as a Sergeant in the Marine Corps. There are 8 grandchildren. Councilmember Taylor and his wife live in the southeast portion of Black Diamond not far from Lawson Road.

Whether as a hobby or out of necessity, Councilmember Taylor spends a lot of time building things and fixing things. He enjoys math and science and teaching kids or adults on any subject of interest.

Councilmember Taylor serves on the following Council Standing Committees:
Public Safety Committee
Public Works Committee- Chair

Councilmember Ron Taylor
Position No. 5
January 1, 2012 - December 31, 2015

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