By MICHAEL WHITNEY
Published December 27, 2017
Six finalists for City Council vacancy
EVERETT — Six finalists for an open City Council seat were selected last week from a wide pool of applicants.
They are: Ethel McNeal, William Morgan, Hillary Pirtle, Paula Rhyne, Tyler Rourke and Michael Trujillo.
The council will hold a second set of interviews to help make its selection at a special Jan. 3 meeting starting at 3 p.m. The appointment is to fill Mayor-elect Cassie Franklin’s vacated council seat until November 2018.
The finalists come from a range of backgrounds and geographic locations, although two are practically neighbors. The split of six finalists has two candidates from north Everett,
two from central Everett and two from south Everett.
Pirtle lives in the Northwest Neighborhood; Morgan lives in the Evergreen Neighborhood; Rhyne recently moved to the Port Gardner Neighborhood from Silver Lake; and Rourke lives in
the Glacier View Neighborhood. Trujillo and McNeal both live in the Twin Creeks Neighborhood in south Everett.
The council’s decision also could put another supporter for council districts on the dais: Trujillo and Pirtle both note that they gathered petition signatures this year with the Everett Districts Now effort. Pirtle also was part of last year’s De-Escalate
Washington campaign initiative to bolster statewide training for law enforcement that it says would lessen violent incidents.
Trujillo today is the longstanding chair of the Twin Creeks and Cascade View neighborhoods and community organizer.
McNeal participated in the city’s Envision Everett committee.
Pirtle, the vice-chair for the 38th District Democrats,
is a nurse ambassador for a pharmaceutical company.
Morgan works as an information security auditor for AT&T, a job that relates to vendor and supplier negotiations.
Rourke is a mechanical engineer who serves on the city’s Transportation Advisory Committee and has spoken out about bicycle safety on city streets. He is a board member at Sharing Wheels Community Bike Shop.
A few people withdrew their applications before the interviews, leaving a pool of 20 applicants to interview.
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