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Hearing to determine Mill Creek Councilmember Sean Kelly’s eligibility to hold office tentatively scheduled

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The Snohomish County Auditors Office tentatively scheduled a hearing the week of November 13th to determine whether or not Mill Creek Councilmember Sean Kelly’s primary residence is within city limits.
Mill Creek City Councilmember Sean Kelly. Photo courtesy of Sean Kelly.

By Richard Van Winkle, News of Mill Creek.

The Snohomish County Auditors Office tentatively scheduled a hearing the week of November 13, 2017, to determine whether or not Mill Creek Councilmember Sean Kelly’s primary residence is within city limits.

This hearing is in response to a voter registration challenge by Carmen Fisher, Kelly’s opponent in the upcoming General Election.

Fisher’s challenge references evidence that “Kelly remains a Mill Creek property owner, but not a Mill Creek resident.”

Fisher’s challenge goes on to say, “Accordingly, his Voter Registration should be found invalid and updated to reflect his new address.”

Washington State law requires city councilmembers to reside within city limits.

Kelly’s residency has been in question since September when he told Mill Creek Beacon Publisher Paul Archipley that he moved to Snohomish.

According to Archipley, Kelly is part owner of a Mill Creek residence and thought incorrectly that this allowed him to continue serving on the city council even though he didn’t live there.

Kelly hasn’t returned phone calls and messages from the Mill Creek Beacon or the News of Mill Creek asking him to confirm or deny that he lives outside the City of Mill Creek.

When asked if she had contacted Kelly regarding this issue Fisher answered, "I have sent Councilmember Kelly three emails over the past six weeks, but received no replies."

If the hearing determines that Kelly is not eligible to serve on the Mill Creek City Council, Washington State law requires him to vacate his office. At that point, the city council has ninety days to appoint a replacement to serve the rest of his term.

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