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Ten apply for Snoqualmie City Council position

SNOQUALMIE - Ten people have applied to become one of the next two Snoqualmie City Council members.

Applications were taken until the closing of business on Oct. 18 at the city's administrative office. Those filing applications were Karen Harrelson, A. Douglas Johnson, Colleen Johnson, Charles Peterson, Susan Ranf, Terry Sorenson, Brad Toft, Gil Tumey, Jack Webber and Tony Yanez.

The group is a mix of old faces and new residents from all around the city, each having various experiences with civic involvement.

Harrelson is a four-year resident who is presently president of the North Bend Elementary PTA and vice president of the TPC Women's Gold Club. For the last three years she has been on the board of Snoqualmie Valley Arts Live, a local nonprofit that promotes cultural events in the Valley.

A. Douglas Johnson is a two-year resident who has a background as a financial advisor.

Colleen Johnson is a former council member and currently serves on the city's Planning Commission. She has lived in the city for 48 years.

Peterson is a 67-year resident who served as both a council member and mayor.

Ranf is a three-year resident who is the director of transportation for the Seattle Mariners. Ranf also applied for a spot on the council that was filled by appointment earlier this year by Councilwoman Maria Henriksen.

Sorenson is a 17-year resident who served on the City Council in the 1990s and ran for council again last year. He also has served on the city's Planning Commission.

Toft is a two-year resident of the city who is the general manager of a mortgage company.

Tumey is a four-year resident who ran for council last year. He is a published author and had been involved with both The Institute for Professional Ethics at Seattle University and the King County Emergency Operations Center Support Team.

Webber is a one-year resident of the city who served as a council member while living in North Bend. He teaches at the Two Rivers School.

Yanez is a 14-year resident of the city and presently serves on the city's Planning Commission and chairs the Snoqualmie library's advisory board.

The interview process to fill the position will be similar to the one taken to appoint Maria Henriksen, who filled a vacant seat left by Jay Rodne earlier this year when he was appointed to become a state representative.

Since there are two positions to be filled, the sixth council member will have a vote in appointing the seventh council member. The earliest appointment could happen at the Oct. 25 meeting, when the city will hold the first round of interviews, although the council is expected to hold off until subsequent meetings in November to make the appointments.

Council members serve staggered, four-year terms up for election in odd years. Therefore, the first term for Position 6, the first to be appointed, will be only two years. Position 7 will be a full, four-year term.

The plan to appoint the two council members came earlier this year after the city conferred with an official from the Office of the State Auditor. All cities in Washington are required to have seven-member councils once their populations hit 5,000. Snoqualmie has been fast approaching that number, but believed it had more time and wanted to wait to add the new council members until January, 2005, for budget reasons.

Snoqualmie received census data in June that said the city has 5,110 residents. Wanting to make sure it was in compliance, the city checked its timeline with an official from the auditor's office, who then checked with the office of the state attorney general. The attorney general's office said the city had to appoint two new council members as soon as possible.

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