Sweet has served on the
Kirkland City council since January 2010. She was Deputy Mayor from
2010-2012 and 2014-2015.
She grew up in Seattle where she attended Roosevelt High School and
Shoreline Community College before beginning a career in Health
Care. She trained with the Baptist Health Care Leadership Institute,
The University of Washington School of Business, Antioch University
and is a graduate of the inaugural class of Leadership Eastside(LE)
in 2008 and LE’s Executive Oversite Program in 2010.
She retired in 2007 as an Associate Director of Business Operations
for Group Health Cooperative. Over the course of her 31 year career
with Group Health, she managed business operations for five
outpatient medical centers in Everett and Monroe and for the
Hospitals and Specialty Centers in Seattle and Redmond since 1998.
Penny has lived in Kirkland and owned and operated The Grape Choice,
a retail wine shop, with her husband, Representative Larry Springer
for over 30 years. She is a member of the chamber of Commerce and
sits on it’s Public Policy Committee. She is on the Board of
Directors of the Kirkland Downtown Association. She is a member of
the Kirkland Art Center where she served on the Board of Directors
from 1987 until 1991. She served on the Kirkland Library Arts
Committee and is member of of FOLK (Friends of the Library of
Kirkland). She is a lifetime member of the Kirkland Heritage
In 1999 she founded Celebrate Kirkland, Inc, a non-profit
organization that created and organizes Kirkland’s annual 4th of
July celebration. Since aligning Celebrate Kirkland with the
Kirkland Downtown she has continued to chair the event for 18 years.
She has chaired the Winterfest Tree Lighting event since 2013. In
2004 and 2005 she served as chair of events on the Kirkland
Centennial Steering Committee.
In 2000, Penny was the recipient of the Anne G. Owen Award for
Community Service presented by the Kirkland Chamber of Commerce. She
has also been recognized by the Chamber as “Friend of Kirkland” in
2002 and in 2005 received the President’s Award. In 2016 she was
awarded the William C. Woods “Above and Beyond” award by the Chamber
for outstanding community leadership.
On the Council she serves on the Planning, Housing and Economic
Development Committee and Chairs the Public Safety Committee.
Her Regional representation includes: King County Economic
Development Council Board Member, Cascade Water Alliance Board
Member, Chair, King County Metropolitan Solid Waste Management
Advisory Committee, King County EMS Advisory Task Force Member,
Association of Washington Cities (AWC) Nominating Committee Sound
Cities Association appointments: Emergency Management Advisory
Committee (EMAC) caucus chair, King County Regional Water Quality
Committee member (RWQC), Solid Waste Advisory Committee member(SWAC)