John Steckler named to fill vacant seat on city council

Semi-retired consultant elected on 6th ballot
Feb 07, 2018

Long-time resident John Steckler was appointed fill the vacant council seat on the Mill Creek City Council at the conclusion of a marathon meeting Tuesday night, Feb. 6.

The appointment is for a two-year 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.

The newly-appointed councilmember 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 seat, though two withdrew prior to the interview process. Candidates included a mix of nine men and seven women from diverse backgrounds.

Sean Kelly was re-elected to the council seat in November, but was ruled ineligible to serve by a Snohomish County judge because he had moved out of the city in July.

The appointment covers the first two years of Kelly's four year term through the next city-wide election in November of 2019. Steckler will be eligible to run for a full term if he decides to remain on the council.

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