Last minute applications flood in for council vacancy

Feb 01, 2018

More than a dozen Mill Creek residents have thrown their hat into the ring to be considered to fill the vacant position on the City Council.

Applications were being accepted until the end of the business day on Friday, Feb. 1. Several applications were submitted over the last few days before the deadline, according to Joni Kirk, the city’s director of communications and marketing.

“People always seem to wait until the last minute,” Kirk said. “Apparently that was the case with the vacancy on the council. We had only two or three submissions early in the week. By Thursday, we topped a dozen, with more expected before 5 p.m. deadline on Friday.”

Kirk said there was no way to know how many applications would ultimately be submitted before the deadline because the forms were available online

Position No. 1 on the council became vacant after a Snohomish County Superior Court judge ruled that Sean Kelly was not qualified to serve on the council after he admitted moving to Snohomish before the end of July.

Kelly submitted his resignation to City Manager Rebecca Polizzotto in early December and returned all payments made to him by the city between August and December.

The council is expected to begin preliminary interviews of applicants at the council meeting on Feb. 6, with a goal of filling the position by the end of March.


--by Dan Aznoff

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