John Steckler appointed to vacant seat on City Council

Businessman chosen on sixth round of balloting
Feb 07, 2018
Semi-retired businessman John Steckler was sworn-in by City Manager Rebecca Polizzotto to serve a two-year term on the Mill Creek City Council on Tuesday night, Feb. 6. The long-time resident was selected from a field of 16 applicants who had applied to fill Position No. 1 on the seven-person governing board.

The Mill Creek City Council voted to appoint John Steckler to fill the vacant seat on the council at its meeting on Tuesday night, Feb. 6 meeting. The appointment is for a term through certification of the general election in 2019.

“I am honored to be selected,” said Steckler. “This City has given so much to me and my family, and it is a privilege to be able to serve on the Council and give back to my community.” 

Steckler is a 22-year resident of Mill Creek, where he has resided in both the Parkside and – most recently – the Evergreen neighborhoods. He has been an active community participant, volunteering in the local schools and scouting organizations. He is a Rotarian, as well as a charter member and board member of the newly formed Kiwanis Club of Mill Creek.

He is semi-retired, but provides freelance consulting work in strategic planning and marketing for small- and mid-sized companies. He had a lengthy career in sales, marketing and operations across several industries including bio-technology, healthcare, insurance and more.

Sixteen individuals submitted applications for the vacant council seat, though two withdrew prior to the interview process. Candidates included a mix of nine men and seven women representing diverse backgrounds and qualifications to the council. Steckler was elected on the sixth round of balloting by the six members of the council. 

The vacancy was created in November when a Snohomish County Superior Court judge ruled that Sean Kelly was not qualified to serve on the the council after moving out of the city in July. Kelly was re-elected in November with 72 percent of the vote.

Steckler will be eligible to run for re-election at the end of his two-year term.

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