Kent City Council member Ken Sharp resigns post
KENT, Wash. – January 16, 2014 – Kent City Council member Ken Sharp, Position #6, is resigning his seat effective immediately.
Sharp says he is disturbed his personal legal challenges are continuing to take away the focus of the good work by city staff, mayor’s office and council.
The council member released this statement Thursday:
"When I decided to run for the Kent City Council I did so with only the best intentions. I have never been a political person, preferring instead to work behind the limelight. I can honestly state that I entered the race for city council with only the best of intentions believing it was a continuation of my service to the city of Kent.
The past 6 months have been the most agonizing and difficult time in my life. But it was my choice to continue with the election. Still, pending legal issues I fear will become too distracting for my fellow council members, for the mayor and for city staff. As a result, and with deep regret, I have decided that it is best for me and for the city of Kent that I resign my position on the Kent City Council. My resignation will take effect immediately, so that the council president can commence the process to appoint a new councilmember to fulfill my remaining term.
I will continue to do all I can to help and support this great community. I believe this is going to be an amazing year for the city of Kent. As a city, we are poised to accomplish great things, and this should be a source of pride for the citizens of Kent. It has been an honor to be elected to serve this great community by its citizens, and I will always appreciate the trust this community placed in me.”
Sharp was elected to the Council during the November 2013 election.
Council President Dana Ralph called the situation very unfortunate, but is determined to keep the positive momentum of the city moving forward.
“I thank Ken for his service to the community, and wish him well. Our focus now has to be on filling this vacancy so residents will have the benefit of representation by a full council,” Ralph said. “We have a lot we’d like to accomplish this year and my hope is this transition won’t distract from that.”
Ralph says she will work with the Council to determine a replacement process to fill the vacancy seat. State law does not set out any specific procedure except that the new appointment must occur within 90 days.
The person appointed by the Council will serve until an election for the post takes place in November 2015. The appointed Council member also will be eligible to run for the position. The elected individual would take office as soon as the election is certified.
Michelle Wilmot, Kent Community and Public Affairs