Jim Ackerman

He has lived in the city since age 2

NOOKSACK — Mayor Jim Ackerman has given a letter of resignation or, more appropriately, retirement, to the Nooksack City Council, reports City Clerk Virginia Arnason. 

The 23-year mayor will complete his duties on Dec. 31, 2020.

“It has been a pleasure to serve the citizens of the City of Nooksack for the past 20-plus years as mayor and before that on the council,” Ackerman wrote.

Arnason said the council will choose a new mayor early in 2021. 

If Ackerman, she said, “He raised his family here and it is a great community to live and raise families. Unfortunately, due to health issues he feels that the time has come to step aside as mayor.”

Ackerman came to Nooksack with his family when he was only 2 years old and continued to make the small town his home.

He is a retired real estate agent with Muljat Group North. Prior to being mayor, he served as a council member from January 1994 into 1997, then began a mayor’s term on Jan. 1, 1998.

During his tenure Nooksack has experienced a lot of residential growth, including these developments: Sumas River Estates, Dennison Lane, Jackson Court, Amareen Court, Westview Place, Harrison Lane, West 1st Place, Himalaya Development and Whispering Meadows. The city acquired property to create Nooksack City Park.

Also during Ackerman’s public service, numerous upgrades have been made to streets and sidewalks. There were negotiations with the City of Sumas for water service and with the City of Everson for wastewater treatment as well as police contracts. Ackerman represented Whatcom County’s small cities on the Whatcom Transportation Association Executive Board for 18 years and he has had two stints on the Nooksack Cemetery Board, the current one also ending  this Dec. 31.