During last night’s city council study session, John Chelminiak was unanimously elected Bellevue mayor by his fellow councilmen and will serve a two year term starting immediately.

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Councilmember John Stokes served as temporary chair prior to last night’s vote, and Chelminiak will hold the mayoral position until New Year’s Eve of 2019. Chelminiak was first elected to the council in 2004 and served as deputy mayor from 2006 to 2007. Outside of the council, he serves as senior manager for public sector services at Kirkland-based Waste Management, the nation’s largest environmental solutions provider, according to the City of Bellevue.

Lynne Robinson was elected deputy mayor — also serving in that position for two years — and was first elected to the council in 2014 after serving on the Community Services Board for five years. She is also a physical therapist and owns her own business.