Molly has lived in Washougal since November 2000 and has been an active community member since then. She graduated from the University of Arizona with double Bachelor in Science degrees in Biology and Organic Chemistry and has a Master’s Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University. Molly retired from a career with Nortel Networks as a Senior Project Manager, managing large telecommunication projects in Alaska, Micronesia and the Pacific Northwest.
Becoming the Mayor
Molly Coston was elected as Mayor of Washougal in November 2017, assuming office on January 1, 2018 for a term of 4 years expiring in December 2021. The passage of Proposition 8 changed the form of government to Council/City Manager. Council appointed Molly to continue to serve as Mayor in November 2018. In September 2020, Councilmember Ray Kutch resigned Position 5, and the Council approved a motion to revert council membership to the standard number of 7. At this time, Mayor Coston resigned Position 8 and was appointed to Position 5. Then, Mayor Coston was reaffirmed as mayor for the remainder of the biennial term.
Molly was elected to the Washougal city council in 2005 and served for 6 years. During that time, she earned an Advanced Certificate of Municipal Leadership from AWC. She represented East Clark County for 3 years on the Regional Transportation Council board of directors, chairing that board in 2010.
Molly has been an active Rotarian for 15 years in the Camas-Washougal Rotary Club, has been active in every WSD levy/bond in the Citizens for Better Schools PAC, and is on the board of the Columbia Gorge Refuge Stewards.