Kent seeks applicants to fill city council vacancy
KENT, Wash. – January 22, 2014 - There is an opening on the Kent City Council and interested applicants have until 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 to submit their letter of interest and resume. The opening was created when Councilmember Ken Sharp resigned his council position Jan. 16.
At a special meeting at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 11, the Council will consider the qualifications of the candidates and determine which applicants will be interviewed during an executive session. The Council will interview selected applicants and may make their appointment at a special meeting of the Council at 6 p.m., Feb. 25 at City Hall.
Interested applicants are required to submit a resume and a letter explaining why they want to serve on the City Council, along with their unique skills and relevant experience, as well as any experience with civic, professional or volunteer organizations and other city boards or commissions. Letters and resumes may be submitted:
State law does not set out any specific procedure except that the Council must act to fill the position within 90 days of the position opening (April 16).
The new councilmember 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.
The City Council consists of seven members who are each elected by citizens to serve four-year terms. The City Council establishes law and policy by passing ordinances and resolutions. Each councilmember receives a monthly salary of $1,146.
To be eligible to apply, State law requires candidates to be U.S. citizens, registered voters, and to have been a Kent resident since February 7, 2013. For more information about the application process, call City Clerk Ronald Moore at 253-856-5728 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Michelle Wilmot, City of Kent, Community and Public Affairs