North Bend City Councilwoman Jeanne Pettersen poses with Mayor Ken Hearing after swearing her oath of office for another term. (Courtesy Photo)

North Bend City Councilwoman Jeanne Pettersen poses with Mayor Ken Hearing after swearing her oath of office for another term. (Courtesy Photo)

North Bend Council member Pettersen resigns

Applications for vacant position now open.

At the North Bend City Council meeting on June 5, council member Jeanne Pettersen announced her resignation from the council effective July 1.

Pettersen, who has served on the council since 2009, stated that she felt it was time to downsize and move back to Oregon to be closer to her family. Her fellow council members thanked for her years of work in the city and said they would greatly miss working with her.

“We also realize you are going some place to be near family in Oregon and we hope that you find ultimate happiness down there,” council member Ross Loudenback said.

A bigger recognition and celebration of council member Pettersen’s work will be held at the next City Council meeting on June 19.

With a vacancy on the council approaching at the beginning of July, the city of North Bend has put out a call to North Bend citizens to apply for council Position No. 6. Citizens who have lived in North Bend for at least one year can submit an application and resume highlighting their professional background and community experience.

The application is available on the city’s website in the “News/Highlights” page or by emailing the city clerk at soppedal@northbendwa.gov. The deadline for completed applications is 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 28.

Once applications are submitted, the council will interview the qualified applicants during a July 10 special council meeting that will be open to the public. Council will deliberate on the interviews in executive session and will then vote on the appointment during the open meeting.

The appointee will serve until the certification of the 2019 general election. Anyone interested in running for the appointed position must file with King County Elections in 2019.

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