Mayor Donovan began his first term on January 1, 2024. Prior to becoming mayor, Peter served the residents of Mount Vernon for seven years in the Mayor’s Office. He is committed to ensuring that local city government is efficient, accessible, dignified, and inclusive.
A lifelong resident of Skagit County, Mayor Donovan loves what the city of Mount Vernon has to offer its residents and visitors. He and his wife have enjoyed raising their four children here; and he hopes to put the city on track to be a place where his children can afford to return, if they choose, to start their own families, afford their first home, and launch their own careers.
Known for his collaborative approach to leadership, he continues to develop and strengthen ties to other government entities and local agencies—to provide Mount Vernon with the best opportunity to thrive, for generations to come.
The City of Mount Vernon is a code city and a Mayor/Council form of government. The Mayor is the chief executive and administrative officer for the City of Mount Vernon and oversees and manages all operations including: Finance, City Attorney, Information Services, Human Resources, Development Services, Library, Public Works, Parks and Enrichment Services, Police and Fire Department. This includes a City staff of 255 full time employees, 56 part time/seasonal employees, and a total City budget of $141 million.
Mayor Donovan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications/Public Relations from Washington State University; and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.