Applications are available for open Issaquah City Council seat

December 17, 2013

By Peter Clark

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 17, 2013

Issaquah needs a new City Council member.

Since current Council President Fred Butler won last month’s election for mayor, the council will need to appoint a replacement to fill his seat.

The City Council approved a timeline and procedures during its Dec. 2 regular meeting.

“The process for filling the vacancy is similar to what we have done prior,” Councilwoman Stacy Goodman said. “Applicants would provide their responses to council during an open public meeting on Jan. 21 and then the following Monday, Feb. 3, would be the schedule for the appointment to fill that vacancy.”

According to a city press release, in order to be considered for the vacant council seat, qualified candidates must be at least 18 years old, a registered voter and a resident of Issaquah for at least one year prior to the appointment.

Applications are available on the city’s website. Completed forms and an uploaded letter of interest are due by Jan. 15.

Applicants have the opportunity to provide a 10-minute verbal presentation to the council during its Jan. 21, meeting. That meeting is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers, 135 E. Sunset Way.

Applicants are encouraged to consider addressing these questions during your verbal presentation:

  • Why do you want to serve on the council and who will you represent?
  • What is it, specifically, that you would contribute to the council and the city?
  • What do you consider to be Issaquah’s biggest opportunities or issues, and what would you do to solve them?
  • If you feel strongly about a topic, and the majority of the council feels differently, how would you respond?
  • If selected to the fill the vacancy, what is one thing you would like to accomplish during your term of office?

The council expects to fill the vacancy in early February. A vote to fill the vacancy is scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 3 and the newest council member will take office during that meeting.

The appointed councilmember should expect to work about 15 hours a week and will be paid $700 a month.

Call 837-3000 with questions.

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