After a series of four separate ballots, a majority of the Mill Creek City Council voted to appoint Lynn Sordel to Position 1, the spot vacated by Terry Ryan when he resigned on September 11th.
According to Washington State law, the Mill Creek City Council had 90 days from Ryan’s resignation to appoint his replacement.
Seven candidates submitted letters of interest and were interviewed at the November 13th City Council meeting. Mill Creek City Councilmembers then nominated four of these candidates for the vacant position before balloting began.
Sordel has been a Mill Creek resident for the past six years and has been serving on the Mill Creek Parks and Recreation Board.
He relocated from Florida to begin his current job as Lynnwood’s Parks and Recreation director in 2008.
Sordel received his Bachelor of Science degree in Parks and Recreation Management from Western Washington University in 1975 and his Masters of Science Degree in Leisure Services Administration from Western Illinois University in 1984.
As Mill Creek City Councilmember Sordel wants to be fully engaged with the community. “It is vital to build relationships with all of the community and respect all of the opinions offered. I also believe it is very important to create a clear vision for the community to allow everyone to have a voice and get involved,” said Sordel in his letter of interest to the Mill Creek City Council.
Sordel wants to encourage local businesses in Mill Creek, “From my perspective, businesses today are in the driver's seat when considering their location. We need a community where a potential business will thrive and enjoy the other quality of life amenities Mill Creek has created.”