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Everett City Council extends deadline to fill vacancy

EVERETT — Thirteen people have already applied for an upcoming vacancy on City Council, and the council decided to extend out the application deadline to Thursday, Dec. 14 to ensure everyone gets a chance to apply.
The City Council decided to extend the deadline at its meeting last week after hearing a request relayed through the city’s Diversity Advisory Board to ensure potential applicants were given enough
time to consider filing. The public had been given eight days to apply before a Thursday, Dec. 7 deadline.
The effort is to fill Cassie Franklin’s council seat starting next month. Franklin was elected mayor.
The applicants, as of Wednesday, Dec. 6, include a handful of technology workers, the former city senior center director and one of the people who ran for council in the general election.
The 13 applicants as of Dec. 6 were: Glenn Coil, Kevin Conley, Debra Loughrey-Johnson, Derek Jorgenson, Jennifer Hesse, Terry Hill, Seth Hunter, William Morgan, Hillary Pirtle, Richard Porter, Christopher Sedlakson, Glenn Strombo and Tracy Wheeler.
Among them, Sedlakson is a mental health professional, Coil wrote policy paperwork for the Economic Alliance of Snohomish County, and Jorgenson is part of Everett Community College’s faculty. Loughrey-Johnson retired from running the Carl Gipson Senior Center in 2016.
The applicant pool already comes from a wide geographic footprint across the city, with three in north Everett, two downtown, a few in central Everett and two from the Silver Lake area. The north Everett applicants so far hail from the Northwest, Delta and Riverside neighborhoods.
South Everett west of I-5, including the Everett Mall and Casino Road areas, is the only region that has not produced a candidate yet. That could change as more applicants may jump into the pool thanks to the extended deadline.
The applicants will be interviewed in public at the Dec. 20 council meeting as part of the selection process. Council members will narrow the field to as many as six finalists. Council members are expected to interview and vote on the finalists at a special meeting in late December or early January; the date had not been announced as of press time.
The appointee will fill the remainder of Franklin’s term, which ends in December 2018 and can run for election to a full four-year term this November.
Interested residents should submit their application, including a resume and cover letter, no later than 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, to the Everett City Council offices, 2930 Wetmore Ave., Suite 9A, Everett, WA 98201. Applications can also be submitted at the city’s website, www.everettwa.gov/CouncilApplication

 

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