Molly Coston, Mayor
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 four years expiring in December 2021. The passage of Proposition 8 in November 2018 changed our form of government to Council/City Manager. Upon the effective date of the change in late November 2018, Molly became an eighth councilmember, serving through the end of the term for which she was elected Mayor. Council appointed Molly to continue to serve as Mayor in November 2018. In September 2020, Councilmember Ray Kutch resigned Position 5, and the Council decided to take that opportunity to maintain the number of councilors at the standard number of seven, instead of keeping the temporary number of eight. To implement this, Mayor Coston resigned the temporary Council Position 8 and was appointed by the Council to Position 5. The Council also reaffirmed Mayor Coston as Mayor for the remainder of the biennial term. Because Mayor Coston is filling Position 5 by appointment to fill a vacancy, Position 5 will be on the November 2021 ballot, and whomever is elected to Position 5 in that election will take office in late November 2021 upon the certification of the election results, and will serve for the remainder of the unexpired term through December 2023.
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.