Dawn Pannell was born in Vallejo, California, but raised in Puyallup. She is a member of the first graduating class of Gov. John Rogers High School in Puyallup. After high school, she attended Oregon State University and graduated with a degree in Elementary Education.
Mrs. Pannell was formerly a paste-up artist for Fornier newspapers in Kent and a front-end manager and then assistant store manager for Mega Foods in Tumwater/Hawk’s Prairie. In Shelton, she has worked as a first grade teacher for the Pioneer School District and was a bookkeeper/POS Coordinator for Prairie Market, a store that eventually became SuperValu and then found new life as the Civic Center. She currently works as a barista and delivery driver at Lynch Creek Floral in Shelton.
In 2001, Mrs. Pannell was elected as Commissioner of Shelton. As Commissioner, she presides over City Commission Meetings, along with Mayor Tarrant and Commissioner Mike Byrne. Together, they preside over the policy-making functions of the City of Shelton while representing the interests of the Citizens of Shelton.
Mrs. Pannell was re-elected to her position as Commissioner in 2005 and 2009. As Commissioner, she works closely with Public Works and Community and Economic Development. Shelton’s form of government has been modified somewhat in that all three commissioners make policy with respect to public safety, finance, and public works.
Commissioner Pannell currently serves on many boards and committees. Among them are: the Cascade Land Conservancy Board, the Emergency Planning Committee, Mason Matters, the Peninsula Regional Transportation Organization (PRTO) and the Shelton Area Regional Water/Sewer Plan.
A resident of Shelton for 30 years, Dawn Pannell resides with her husband, Ron on Northcliff Road. They have three dogs, a Chihuahua, an Australian terrier, and a miniature Dachshund. Commissioner Pannell enjoys boating, music, and reading.
Municipal Court Judge Steele administered the Oath of Office to Commissioner of Public Works Dawn Pannell.
Boards and Committees 2010
Emergency Planning Committee
Peninsula Regional Transportation Organization (PRTO)
Shelton Area Regional Water/Sewer Plan
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