City Council seeks to fill vacancy left after Mark Mullet’s resignation
December 31, 2012
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 2 p.m. Dec. 31, 2012
From the moment Mark Mullet declared victory in a state Senate race last month, other City Council members started planning for the process to fill Mullet’s seat on the dais once the Democrat departs for Olympia.
Now, as Mullet prepares to resign Jan. 8 to prepare for the legislative session, council members put out a call for applicants for the soon-to-open seat.
The city is accepting applications until Jan. 16. The council plans to interview applicants Jan. 22 and, after interviews, members could recess into a closed-door executive session to discuss candidates’ qualifications.
Under state law, the council can discuss candidates’ qualifications in a closed-door session, but interviews and the decision must occur in public meetings. The council is scheduled to vote on the appointment Jan. 29.
The appointee is expected to serve until the November 2013 election, and he or she could run for the seat then.
Qualified applicants must be at least 18 years old and a registered voter, and a city resident for at least one year prior to appointment.
Candidates must send a letter of interest and a completed application for the post to the City Clerk’s Office via email, firstname.lastname@example.org, in person at City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way, or via mail to City Clerk’s Office, P.O. Box 1307, Issaquah, WA 98027.
The appointment process is similar to the steps used to fill vacant council seats in 2011, 2006 and 1998.
The council last appointed a member in March 2011, after members selected attorney Stacy Goodman to fill the seat once held by Maureen McCarry. (Goodman later ran unopposed and won the seat in November 2011.)
The runner-up in the council vote to fill McCarry’s seat, Paul Winterstein, also won a seat on the council in November 2011.
Mullet joined the council in 2010 as the first Issaquah Highlands resident on the board. The entrepreneur and former banking executive spearheaded a retail plastic bag ban in early 2012.
In November, Mullet defeated Snoqualmie Republican Brad Toft to represent the 5th Legislative District in the Senate.