After serving as Everett’s legal counsel for the past two decades, City Solicitor Colleen Mejia will walk out of City Hall for the last time on May 25.
“Being able to serve the city where I was born and raised was an honor I will treasure forever,” she said.
Mejia’s time in Everett began in 2002 when she was hired as assistant city solicitor by then-Mayor David Ragucci. Six years later, she was promoted to city solicitor under Mayor Carlo DeMaria. “I want to thank Mayor DeMaria for believing in me,” said Mejia. “Having the opportunity to be part of the historic transformation of Everett under his leadership has been the highlight of my career.”
However, Mejia has not shared her specific plans for the future. “I was offered an opportunity to transition the latter part of my career in a different direction,” she said. “I’m excited to transition into my next career but I will be forever grateful to Mayor DeMaria and the City of Everett for the opportunity to serve the city.”
DeMaria said Mejia has been an integral part of the city’s daily operations. “While Colleen’s departure will leave many missing her wisdom, advice and guidance, the Administration would like to thank her for many years of outstanding leadership,” he said. “Everyone agrees that she possesses a rare combination of vision, fairness and understanding, crucial qualities for an effective city solicitor.”
Councillor-at-Large Stephanie Smith agreed that Mejia has certainly had a positive impact on the city. “Solicitor Mejia has been a great asset to the City of Everett over the past 20 years and her expertise and passion for the city will be missed,” she said. “I wish her the best in her future endeavors.”