Cheryl Selby, Mayor

Cheryl Selby 2018


Cheryl Selby was elected to Olympia City Council position 4 for a four-year term in November 2013. In November 2015, she was elected to a four-year term as Mayor. She was reelected in 2019. Her term ends December 31, 2023.

Selby grew up in the Seattle area and moved her young family to Olympia in 1994 seeking the advantages of smaller community with a strong public school district.

When Selby first moved to Olympia, she worked with the Parks, Arts and Recreation department for two years. She volunteered in the Olympia School District as an Art Partner, PTA President, Levy Campaign volunteer, and eventually co-chaired the successful 2003 Bond Campaign, which all contributed to her desire to strengthen and build communications in her community.

Also in 2003, Selby started working in the Probation Services Department of the City of Olympia, directing both the Safe and Sober Driving Program and the Thurston County Safe Kids Coalition.

In 2006, Selby left City employment and opened Vivala, a women’s clothing store located across the street from the Olympia Farmer’s Market. She manages the business along with a second location at the Valley Athletic Club.

Selby has previously served on boards for Sidewalk, the Thurston County Chamber, the Parking Business Improvement Area, Olympia Artspace Alliance, the Olympia Downtown Association and the Thurston County Boys and Girls Club as well as numerous other non-profit boards over the last 25 years.

In addition to her efforts to make Olympia one of the great American Capital cities, Cheryl also enjoys spending time with husband Jeff, her daughters Marta and Gretchen and her Labradoodles Nellie and Boo.

Committee assignments

  • Ad-hoc Public Safety Committee
  • Finance Committee


Mail: Olympia City Council, PO Box 1967, Olympia, WA 98507-1967
Phone: 360.753.8447 (City Council office)

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