Don Stose resigns his position on the Ridgefield City Council

Stose plans to spend more time with his family and traveling with his wife, Sherry Stose

RIDGEFIELD — After 12 years of public service on the Ridgefield City Council, including four years as Mayor, Don Stose is resigning his position effective Jan. 31. Stose plans to spend more time with his family and traveling with his wife, Sherry Stose. 

Ridgefield Mayor Don Stose (second from right) helps cut the ceremonial ribbon at the Grand Opening ceremony for the Rosauers in Ridgefield on Dec. 7, 2019. File photo
Ridgefield Mayor Don Stose (second from right) helps cut the ceremonial ribbon at the Grand Opening ceremony for the Rosauers in Ridgefield on Dec. 7, 2019. File photo

“During my 30 years working for Toyota, I was often on the road while Sherry Stose was at home raising our children,’’ Don said. “It is time for me to be available to travel with her.” 

Stose was born and raised in Spokane, where he attended a local community college. He remains an avid Gonzaga University fan. Don and Sherry, his wife of 48 years, have two adult children and two grandchildren. 

Don and Sherry moved to Ridgefield in 2005 and Don was elected to the City Council in 2008. As an active council member, Don has worked hard to manage the growth of the city to provide quality neighborhoods and unique businesses, protect our natural resources, and create a community where residents can live, work, play and learn. 

While Stose served as mayor for the last four years, he worked to develop and strengthen partnerships with C-TRAN to provide better service for Ridgefield, state legislators and the city’s federal delegation to help the council fulfill priorities like additional park space and a new Outdoor Recreation Center; Friends of the Ridgefield Library to develop a remodeled and expanded library and community non-profit organizations to create a more vibrant and prosperous city. 

Stose also enjoyed welcoming new businesses like Rosauers and Vancouver Clinic that have made lives better for Ridgefield residents and brought additional jobs and services to the community. 

“Don actively demonstrates his passion for the residents of Ridgefield with his giving spirit; he is quick to volunteer for any community project,’’ read a statement from the city of Ridgefield. “Don dedicates many hours to support the Ridgefield School District, Citizens for Ridgefield Schools and the Ridgefield Lions Club, a volunteer organization committed to conducting service projects and raising funds for those in need. He is also the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Pink Lemonade Project, an organization that works to ‘educate, empower and support women through their breast cancer journey.’” 

Information provided by city of Ridgefield.

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