By Richard Van Winkle, News of Mill Creek.
At their regular December 11, 2018, meeting, Mill Creek city councilmembers praised Councilmember Jared Mead for his service to the city and made plans for his upcoming resignation.
Mead was elected to the Washington State House of Representatives in the November election and will be resigning from the Mill Creek City Council before the first of the new year.
In a telephone interview Mead said he intends to be available during the next couple of weeks just in case any unforeseen circumstances arise that require action by the city council.
He went on to say he will submit his letter of resignation at the end of December.
At the December 11th meeting the city council gave Interim City Manager Bob Stowe direction to begin the process to fill Mead’s position on the city council.
Stowe promptly complied and early the next day Communications and Marketing Director Joni Kirk announced that applications for Mead’s spot on the city council are now being accepted.
Kirk’s announcement stated, “An application packet is available online at www.cityofmillcreek.com/councilvacancies or in person at City Hall, 15728 Main Street.
Application materials must be received by 5:00 pm on January 31st.
In accordance with state law, applicants must have been a resident of the City of Mill Creek for at least one year immediately prior to the time of application, and must be registered to vote within the City of Mill Creek.
The city council will begin interviewing applicants at approximately 6:00 pm on Tuesday, February 5th. Depending on the number of applicants, additional interviews may be conducted.
This appointment shall be for a term commencing on the date of appointment until certification of the next election in November 2019.”
The newly appointed councilmember will serve at least until November 2019.
However, as with Councilmember John Steckler, who was appointed to the city council in 2018, the new councilmember will be up for election in 2019 in accordance with Washington State laws.
Councilmembers Mike Todd, Vince Cavaleri, and Mark Bond are also up for reelection at the end of their terms in 2019.
Mayor Pam Pruitt and Mayor Pro Tem Brian Holtzclaw were reelected to their positions on the city council in 2017, so their terms aren’t up until 2021.
This means that five out of seven Mill Creek city council positions are up for grabs in 2019.