By Richard Van Winkle, News of Mill Creek.
Three newly elected Mill Creek city councilmembers were sworn into office as the first order of business at the regular January 2, 2018, city council meeting. City Manager Rebecca Polizzotto administered the oath of office to Pam Pruitt, Brian Holtzclaw, and Jared Mead.
All three councilmembers ran unopposed in the 2018 election.
The single contested city council seat was won by incumbent Sean Kelly, but he became ineligible to hold office when he moved outside Mill Creek city limits last summer. The resulting vacancy has been the subject of a number of hearings and court cases.
Kelly’s opponent in the election, Carmen Fisher, filed a court motion in December to decertify the election results and declare her to be elected to the vacant city council seat. The court denied Fisher’s motion on these issues. She wants the Mill Creek City Council to appoint her to the position.
On December 21st Mill Creek resident Herbie Martin filed a related motion to challenge the Mill Creek City Council’s authority to appoint someone to the vacant seat. He contends that the seat has been vacant for more than 90 days and state law now gives the authority to the Snohomish County Council.
On January 2nd, the city council asked Polizzotto to develop an expedited process so that the vacant seat can be filled. This process will be presented and discussed at the January 9th city council meeting.
Pruitt is a retired Certified Public Accountant who works as Terry Ryan’s legislative assistant with the Snohomish County Council.
Holtzclaw is a land-use attorney and has lived in Mill Creek for fourteen years.
Mead is a former licensed investment banker and is currently a legislative aid for Washington State Senator Guy Palumbo.
Editor's note: This article was corrected to show that Mill Creek City Councilmember Jared Mead is a legislative aid to Guy Palumbo and not Steve Hobbs.