City Councilmembers

An image of Brian HoltzclawBrian Holtzclaw, Mayor 
Position #4
Holtzclaw moved into Mill Creek's Brighton neighborhood in October 2003. With a background in real estate development law, he has been interested in land-use and development issues for years. In 2014, he joined the City Council to bring oversight to the existing administration, to help address community concerns and to shape the community's growth. One priority for him is for the Council to move forward with a decision on what to do with the undeveloped property owned by the City adjacent to the Mill Creek Sports Park. He also seeks collaborative partnerships with other entities within Snohomish County to determine how to best address the needs of Mill Creek in a way that bolsters the City's economic development and tourism offerings. Holtzclaw is in-house legal counsel for a home building - land development company focusing on land-use and real-estate development issues. He obtained his law degree at the University of Puget Sound (now Seattle University). He also holds a degree in economics from Whitman College. When not focusing on law or City matters, he is an avid cyclist. His term expires Dec. 31, 2025.

John Steckler, Councilmember John Steckler
Position #1
Steckler is a 23-year resident of Mill Creek. Steckler and his wife fell in love with Mill Creek when they were looking for a place in which to raise their family. It was more than a place to live; Steckler and his family have established their roots in Mill Creek. As such, he decided to give back as much to the community as he could. Steckler has volunteered for many years in the local schools and scouting organizations. He is a Rotarian, as well as a charter member and board member of the newly formed Kiwanis Club of Mill Creek. After a deeply satisfying career in sales, marketing and operations, Steckler is semi-retired, but provides freelance consulting work in strategic planning and marketing for small- and mid-sized companies. His professional passion is to foster strategic growth wherever has opportunity. The City of Mill Creek is no exception. Appointed to fill a vacancy in 2018, Steckler sees an opportunity to position the City for long-term success while ensuring it grows in the right way. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington. In his free time, he enjoys activities on the water including boating and fishing. He also is active in theater arts. His term expires Dec. 31, 2025.

An image of Stephanie VignalStephanie Vignal, Mayor Pro Tem
Position #2
Vignal is a four-year resident of Mill Creek. Since moving to Mill Creek with her family, she has been civically engaged, including serving on the Park and Recreation Board. She is passionate about helping the City develop economic prosperity while careful balancing it with long-term planning that underscores a livable community. She holds a degree in business administration from Gardner-Webb University. She previously served as a property manager. Her term expires Dec. 31, 2025.

Melissa Duque, Councilmember
Position #6 
Councilmember Melissa Duque is committed to ensuring Mill Creek continues to be a community where people feel safe, have access to green spaces, and where residents and businesses flourish. She has volunteered with the City over the last few years and has recently been Chair of Mill Creek's Parks & Recreation Board. 
Professionally, Melissa is a project manager with a background in communication strategy and more than a decade of working with nonprofits and foundations.  "I know that effective communication is a two-way street," shares Melissa. "For us to continue to be a thriving community, we need to listen and engage with residents." 
Melissa and her husband have two adventurous young boys, and as a family, enjoy the many parks and recreational programs the City has to offer. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and History from California State University, Long Beach. Melissa's term expires on December 31, 2027.

An image of Vincent CavaleriVince Cavaleri, Councilmember
Position #5
Cavaleri moved to the Webster's Pond neighborhood of Mill Creek in 2004. In 2015, he was appointed to a vacant position on the City Council. Cavaleri subsequently was elected to a four-year term in November 2015. His service stems from a desire to be a fiscal representative for the community; he strives to ensure the City provides a superior level of service without implementing high taxes. During his tenure, the City has balanced its budget and saved millions of dollars on the City Hall and Annex renovation. A deputy with the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office for more than 18 years, he also is passionate about keeping citizens safe without intruding on their civil liberties, and approaches decisions from this mindset. Cavaleri is a parks and recreation liaison for the City, advocating for green open spaces that are a clean and appropriate for all ages. He also serves on the Water Resource Inventory Areas 8 board, which handles surface water and ecological issues. During his down time, Cavaleri enjoys physical activities like hiking, biking, hot yoga and working out. His term expires Dec. 31, 2027.

Sean Paddock, CouncilmemberSean Paddock
Position #7
Paddock is dedicated to a Mill Creek that is safe, prosperous and vibrant, offering a high quality of life for all of us - residents, businesses and visitors. “I believe my communication and working style will foster and enhance a positive and collaborative working relationship amongst the community, Council, and between Council and the City Manager,” said Paddock.
Paddock comes to the Council from the Mill Creek Planning Commission. He has three decades of leadership in finance, strategy and technology - leading business transformation and innovation for large and small companies across our region - as well as participating in service work across several community-supportive organizations.
Paddock holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with emphasis on Finance and Accounting, from San Diego State University with post-graduate work at Stanford Graduate School of Business and Pepperdine Caruso School of Law. Sean is married to a public-school educator, father of three adult daughters, and is a grandfather, enthusiastic runner and reluctant swimmer. His term expires Dec. 31, 2027.

Connie Allison, Councilmember Connie Allison
Position #3 
Councilmember Connie Allison is an eleven-year resident of Mill Creek and a lifelong resident of Western Washington. Connie has enjoyed a career at Boeing, working in Engineering and Program Management, where she is currently leading a team in Boeing Global Services. Connie holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from City University of Seattle. 
Elected to the City Council in November of 2021, Connie strives to ensure Mill Creek remains a safe and fiscally sound City – by supporting policies that ensure the City will be strong now and in the future. 
She enjoys knitting, fishing on the Puget Sound, traveling, and learning about new cultures in her downtime. Connie's term expires on December 31, 2025.