At the September 4th City Council meeting, Councilmember Terry Ryan announced that he would resign from the Mill Creek City Council at 5:00 PM on September 11th. Ryan said that he was no longer able to juggle his full-time commercial real estate broker job at Kidder Mathews, his part-time job as a soccer coach at Mercer Island High School, his part-time Mill Creek City Council job, and his family commitments. “I am good at keeping a lot of balls in the air, but I just can’t balance everything,” he said.
Ryan has been a Mill Creek City Councilmember for seventeen years. During his long tenure he served as the council-elected Mayor for four terms.
Ryan said that he would continue to serve on the board of directors for the Workforce Development Council of Snohomish County and other endeavors. He is now serving as Co-Chair of Snohomish County Tomorrow, a public inter-jurisdictional forum establishing a countywide framework from which the county and member city's comprehensive plans are developed.
Washington State law says the Mill Creek City Council has the authority to appoint Ryan’s replacement to serve the rest of his term within 90 days of Ryan’s resignation. Mill Creek’s current procedure requires the appointment of Ryan’s replacement within 30 days of his resignation.
Ryan’s resignation comes at a very busy time for the Mill Creek City Council. In the next few months they are hiring a new City Manger, dealing with a significant budget deficit, and negotiating with potential East Gateway Urban Village developers. Appointing Ryan’s replacement may require scheduling additional City Council meetings so that all City business is accomplished.
The Mill Creek City Council may change their procedure to give them additional time to accomplish their tasks and to give potential councilmembers more time to apply for the open position.
The Mill Creek City Council will finalize the appointment process and timeline at the September 11th City Council meeting.