City of Bellevue re-ups Robinson's mayorhood, brings Malakoutian on as deputy


Bellevue’s City Council met for the first time of the year last week, unanimously re-electing Lynne Robinson for her third term as mayor. (According to the City, this is the first time this has happened here. Ever.)

Mo Malakoutian — a newbie to the Council but not to city government — was also given a new title, taking over the role of Deputy Mayor from councilmember Jared Nieuwenhuis, who deftly held the position since 2020.

Don’t fret, though: Nieuwenhuis has through the end of 2025 before his term on the Council ends.

“Your trust means a lot to me,” said Malakoutian in a LinkedIn post following the meeting. “When I see the six other qualified individuals on the council, I feel honored to have been chosen for this role by them.” 

Mayor Lynne Robinson & the newly-elected Deputy Mayor, Mo Malakoutian. (Photo by City of Bellevue)

On the shoes he will be filling, Mo highlighted the impact Nieuwenhuis has had on the community, saying he is more than aware of the responsibility he has been given. 

“I aspire to match his effectiveness in this role, [and] I eagerly anticipate collaborating with the other Councilmembers, Mayor Robinson, city staff, and engaging the input of the public and other stakeholders to collectively make a positive difference in the city of Bellevue,” he said. 

Dave Hamilton, another Chamber board member, also joined the ranks at City Hall, with his council term running until 2027. 

As a result, the Council also has shifted around its liaison duties — click below for each member’s assignments!