City Council sets candidate interviews for March 1

January 20, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 20, 2011

City Council members updated the schedule Tuesday to appoint a successor to former Councilwoman Maureen McCarry.

The council plans to interview applicants in 10-minute segments March 1. Candidates must apply for the post by Feb. 4.

The process is similar to the steps used to fill a vacant council seat in 2006 and another in 1998.

The council selected March 1 because the original date scheduled for interviews, Feb. 22, has a packed schedule.

The vote to appoint a member to the council is scheduled for March 7.

In the meantime, the council faces potential 3-3 ties on decisions until the open seat is filled. Mayor Ava Frisinger casts the tie-breaking vote in such cases.

Candidates must submit a letter of interest and a completed application. The application includes a short form and questions. Candidates can then submit additional information to the City Clerk’s Office until 5 p.m. Feb. 14.

Qualified candidates must be at least 18 years old, registered to vote and have resided in Issaquah for at least a year prior to the appointment.

McCarry resigned from the Position 5 council seat Dec. 20 — less than a year into a four-year term — as she fights amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

The appointee to the vacant seat then serves until the next council election in November. The victor in the council race serves until Dec. 31, 2013.

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One Response to “City Council sets candidate interviews for March 1”

  1. bryan on January 20th, 2011 8:08 am

    Our City Council now is split between the two sides of every important issue in Issaquah: Growth v. Sustainability; Business v. Environment; Different Highlands v. Original Highlands plan; and it goes on. The Council is going to have to find somebody who treads a line that offends nor embraces no particular side and in the end, it could be the Mayor who actually decides a tie-breaker on the next council person. This is a perfect opportunity for ALL citizens to get involved and make their case known, not just as a potential council member, but also who they would like to see representing them on their Council – let your Council members know who you like and why. With all this time that it’s gong to take, there should be plenty of people willing to consider and step up to this challenge.

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