Meet Your City Council Members
The seven member City Council is elected at-large to serve four-year terms. The City Council elects a mayor and deputy mayor from the Council to serve two-year terms.
Back row, left to right: Council members Amy Miller, Navarra Carr, Lindsey Schromen-Wawrin and LaTrisha Suggs.
Front row, left to right: Deputy Mayor Brendan Meyer, Mayor Kate Dexter and Council member Charlie McCaughan.
- Kate Dexter
- Navarra Carr
- Amy Miller
- Charlie McCaughan
- Brendan Meyer
- LaTrisha Suggs
- Lindsey Schromen-Wawrin
Kate Dexter, Mayor
Kate Dexter has been a resident of Port Angeles for 12 years. Kate moved to Port Angeles from 2001 to 2003 and moved back again with her family in 2012. Kate grew up in Seattle and has always loved the Northwest. She earned a BA in history and public service at Albion College, Albion, MI, and moved back for graduate school at University of Washington where she earned her Master of Public Administration. When she is not doing council work, Kate is a Program Specialist in the nursing department at Peninsula College. Kate enjoys spending time outside, treasure hunting at Estate Sales and thrift shops, and is always up for a game of pickleball with friends.
Council Position #4 January 2022 to December 2025
Navarra Carr, Council member
Navarra Carr has a passion for politics and public service, having received a Bachelor of Arts from Sacramento State University in philosophy, with a concentration in ethics, politics, & law. Prior to moving to Port Angeles, Navarra served two years in AmeriCorps, as a literacy tutor for migrant students and at a nonprofit providing services to low income and houseless people. Navarra has worked in the nonprofit sector ever since, currently working as an office manager. In Navarra’s free time, you can find her sailing in the Port Angeles harbor, shell fishing, biking the ODT, and hiking in the Olympics.
Council Position #6 January 2020 to December 2023
Amy Miller, Council Member
Amy is from Upstate New York where she completed her degree programs. Her Social Work (MSW) career of over 20 years shows a breadth of expertise such as working within systems in economically disadvantaged urban areas, inpatient treatment as an Addiction Specialist, and Behavioral Health Crisis Responder work with New York State Psychiatric Emergency Department. In Colorado, Amy was the only Social Worker in an innovative jail-based competency restoration program, since moving to the Olympic Peninsula Amy worked as a Designated Crisis Responder before developing and implementing REdisCOVERY, the Port Angeles Mental Health Field Response program .This program brought her into the Port Angeles Police Department to respond cooperatively to behavioral health crises to resolve crises using the least restrictive treatment options available.
Amy and her husband Matt became engaged on the Olympic Discovery Trail, during their first trip to Port Angeles! After they were married and living in Port Angeles they went to work joining the community. Matt opened his financial planning practice, and Amy worked in the existing behavioral health response system. The couple started attending Council Meetings and made date night of it ever since.
Amy is proud to serve and believes she offers a unique perspective to local government. She has served on the Behavioral Health Advisory Board for Clallam County for numerous years and was awarded Citizen of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce in 2018. She initiated the Shelter Challenge where several elected officials in Clallam County participated, bringing hard conversations to the public and demonstrating her commitment to advocating for her neighbors in the local community.
Appointed by Council to fill position #2 until the 2023 General Elections have been determined.
Charlie McCaughan, Council member
Charlie is originally from Long Beach, MS where he began his 42-year career in the electrical industry with All-Phase Electric in 1978. He has lived on the Olympic Peninsula since 1994. He became a resident of Port Angeles in 2001 when he married his wife Melanie. They both love living in this area and often take advantage of the great outdoors through hiking, camping, backpacking and walking their two dogs all around the Peninsula.
As a member of Port Angeles City Council, Charlie is proud to have a voice in our local government. He also serves on the Board of Commissioners for Shore Aquatic Center.
Charlie was employed by the City of Port Angeles and worked in Light Operations from 2004-2008.
Charlie has worked for PUD # 1 of Clallam County since 2008 as the Procurement & Facilities Supervisor. In this position he oversees District purchases, administration of environmental compliance, and works with many local contractors constructing, maintaining and repairing PUD facilities throughout the District. He hopes to bring his municipal operations experience to the Council as Port Angeles turns the corner into a promising future of change.
Council Position #5 January 2020 to December 2023
Brendan Meyer, Deputy Mayor
Brendan is a dedicated community leader and advocates for change. They spent their formative years in North Carolina, where they honed their skills in Graphic Design and Web Development, eventually earning an Associate in Applied Sciences from Wake Tech Community College. They have been working in the space ever since, continuously exploring new technologies and trends to enhance their craft.
In 2017, Brendan and their wife, with whom they have shared 15 years of marriage, and child, relocated to Port Angeles. It was here that Brendan felt compelled to engage in public service, running for and being elected to the position of Council member. They are dedicated to making the City a better place for all residents, embracing change and innovation to keep the community growing and thriving.
Brendan has a wide range of interests, including camping, hiking, and road-tripping, all of which allow them to explore the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. They are also an avid fan of technology and art, always on the lookout for new and exciting innovations in these fields.
One of Brendan's most admirable qualities is their willingness to listen to others, particularly those who may not have a voice in the community. They are committed to seeking out and encouraging those who may feel marginalized, empowering them to speak up and take an active role in shaping the city's future.
Volunteering is another passion of Brendan's, and they often spend their free time giving back to their community in various ways. They are a strong believer in the Constitution and the fundamental rights it provides to all individuals, and vehemently opposing any attempts to infringe upon those rights.
Overall, Brendan is a dynamic and dedicated individual with a deep commitment to improving their community. Whether working on a new design project or advocating for change on the City Council, they approach every endeavor with passion, integrity, and a drive to make a positive difference in the world around them.
Council Position #7 January 2020 to December 2023
LaTrisha Suggs, Council member
LaTrisha Suggs’ great-grandmother, grandmother and mother were all born in Port Angeles. She is a Jamestown S’Klallam Tribal Citizen (Cook-Kardonsky Family) and her ties to this community are generational. Council Member Suggs is the first enrolled Native American to serve on the City of Port Angeles Council. Her interests extend to serving her family, Tribal community, and the Port Angeles community by giving back by time.
Council member Suggs graduated from Western Washington University/Huxley program with an Environmental Policy and Planning degree. Prior to that, she graduated from Port Angeles High School in 1989 and attended Peninsula College.
Council member Suggs currently works for the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe as the Restoration Planner, and prior to that she worked for the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe as Assistant Director for the Elwha River Restoration Office. Her background is in restoration planning, contract development/negotiations/implementation, environmental policy/planning, and Tribal governments.
For the City of Port Angeles, Council member Suggs serves on the William Shore Memorial Pool Board, Solid Waste Advisory Committee, and the Clallam County Marine Resources Committee.
Council member Suggs is the mother of three amazing children, who range from 29 years to 11 years old. She is the grandmother of two amazing grandsons.
Council Position #1 January 2022 to December 2025
Lindsey Schromen-Wawrin, Council member
Lindsey Schromen-Wawrin works as a lawyer, focusing on constitutional law issues of government authority and accountability. He earned a J.D. summa cum laude from Gonzaga University, and is licensed to practice law in Washington State Courts, as well as the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Third Circuit Court of Appeals, Eastern District of Washington, and Western District of Washington.
Previously, Councilmember Schromen-Wawrin earned a B.A. from Oberlin College, studying systems ecology, environmental studies, and chemistry.
He worked as a field science educator for over seven years, including one year as an AmericCorp volunteer.
Councilmember Schromen-Wawrin was born and raised in Port Angeles, and attended Hamilton Elementary School, Stevens Middle School, and Port Angeles High School.
The people of Port Angeles elected Councilmember Schromen-Wawrin in November 2017; he began his term on the Council in January 2018.
Council Position #3 January 2022 to December 2025