By Richard Van Winkle, News of Mill Creek.
There are two open seats on the Mill Creek City Council and common sense says that the most efficient course of action is to interview all interested candidates and chose both replacements at once.
However, at their September 22, 2020, meeting City Attorney Grant Degginger informed the city council that the seemingly most efficient course of action isn’t possible because Washington State statutes require that one vacant position must be filled first, so that the first newly appointed councilmember can participate in choosing the second replacement councilmember.
So, the current plan is for the city council to interview candidates and appoint Pam Pruitt’s replacement at a special Tuesday, September 29th meeting. Then Mike Todd’s replacement will be selected with the following schedule:
- Wednesday, October 14th, at 5:00 pm: Applications from qualified applicants due.
- Tuesday, October 20th, at 6:00 pm: City council to interview and appoint new councilmember in special virtual city council meeting via GoToMeeting.
According to Washington State RCW 35A.12.030 applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:
- The applicant must have been a resident of the City of Mill Creek for at least one year immediately prior to the time of application.
- The applicant must be registered to vote within the City of Mill Creek at the time of application.
Applicants must submit their letters of interest electronically via email. The city will not accept faxes or mail delivered by the US Postal Service.
Click here for detailed information on the required letter of interest format and the application process: Accepting Applications for Mill Creek City Council Position #6.
Whoever is selected to take Todd's place will serve until November 2021 when the general election is certified.
Since the term for city council position #6 is up in 2023, the winner in the 2021 General Election will not serve a full four-year term on the city council, but will have to run for re-election in 2023.