City makes plans to fill vacant council seat

At the Aug. 28 Snoqualmie City Council meeting, council members approved a timeline to accept applications and conduct interviews to appoint a new city council member to a recently vacant seat.

The Aug. 19 resignation of Brad Toft from the Snoqualmie City Council has left council Position 4 vacant. That position must be filled by the city within 90 days, beginning the date Toft’s resignation was effective, Aug. 30.

Applications for the vacant position must be submitted to City Clerk Jodi Warren by 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 21. Interviews with the candidates will begin before the council meeting on Monday, Sept. 25 and an executive session has been planned to evaluate the candidates. The appointed candidate will serve the remainder of Toft’s term, to Dec. 31, 2019.

During discussion of the timeline, Councilwoman Kathi Prewitt asked to add another council meeting date to the schedule, to give the council more time to evaluate the candidates.

“Every time we schedule candidate interviews with a possible council vote that evening, we’ve never done the council vote that evening,” she said. “Usually we pare it down and bring the candidates back for additional conversation. So I would propose we call it what it is and include the following meeting to finalize interviews and vote that night… I would suggest we have the city clerk add Monday, Oct. 9, as a possible second round of interviews.”

The council unanimously approved the recommended process for appointing a new council member.

Unlike two other city council positions filled by appointment earlier this year and now on the general election ballot, Position 4 can not be added to the general election ballot because Toft resigned after the election filing period, in May, had closed.

Councilman Bob Jeans worked with the rest of the council to determine how to rearrange the committee members to make up for Toft’s absence.

“Losing Brad is a big loss. He was on a lot of committees, he did a lot of work and we are going to have to pick up the slack as best we can,” Jeans said.

The council approved Sean Sundwall to be the chairperson of the Community Development Committee and to be the city council liaison for the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee. Jeans joined the Community Development Committee and Councilman Bryan Holloway joined Finance and Administration.

More in News

Roza Irrigation District manager Scott Revell inspects a water gauge in the lower Yakima Valley. If a drought pump is installed in Kachess Lake it would mean a more reliable source of water for crops in the valley. Aaron Kunkler/Staff photo
Puget Sound residents worried about Kachess Lake plan

A pump to supply much-needed water to Eastern Washington during droughts could affect recreation.

Cougar kills mountain biker, injures another near North Bend

It was the first fatal cougar attack in Washington State in 94 years.

5th Legislative, 8th Congressional District hopefuls file for office

Twelve will run for outgoing Rep. Dave Reichert’s (WA-8) seat.

This petroleum refinery in Anacortes is run by Shell, one of the defendants in the suit brought by King County. Photo by Walter Siegmund/Wikipedia Commons
Can King County win its lawsuit against Big Oil?

Legal experts think past lawsuits against the tobacco industry increase the odds of a favorable outcome.

Governor and Secretary of State to fund statewide prepaid ballot postage

King County, however, won’t get any of that money.

Snoqualmie Valley Record transitions to subscription model

The pre-paid subscriptions will be $39 a year or $3.99 monthly.

Suspect arrested for kidnapping after welfare check | Police blotter for April 23 to 28

Saturday, April 21 Suspicious Circumstances: Someone came to the reporting party’s door… Continue reading

Low numbers of Lake Sammamish kokanee raise fears of extinction

Only 19 kokanee salmon returned to spawn this year.

Eastside environmentalists turn up the heat on climate change

Residents are concerned about King County not meeting its greenhouse gas emissions targets.

Most Read