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Mill Creek City Council selects John Steckler to fill vacant seat

John Steckler taking oath of office from City Manager Rebecca Polizzotto. Photo credit: Joni Kirk.
John Steckler taking oath of office from City Manager Rebecca Polizzotto. Photo credit: Joni Kirk.

By Richard Van Winkle, News of Mill Creek.

The Mill Creek City Council conducted 14 interviews during a marathon four-hour long meeting on Tuesday, February 6, 2018, culminating in the selection of long-time resident John Steckler for Sean Kelly’s vacant council seat.

“I am honored to be selected,” said Steckler. “This city has given so much to me and my family, and it is a privilege to be able to serve on the council and give back to my community.”

Born and bred in the Northwest, Steckler has lived in Mill Creek since 1996 and has been active in community organizations. He is a charter and board member of the new Mill Creek Kiwanis Club and has belonged to the Rotary Club for over 20 years.

Steckler has also volunteered his time to the local schools his two sons attended: Mill Creek Elementary School, Heatherwood Middle School, and Jackson High School.

A career sales, marketing, and operations executive working in a number of industries, Steckler now is working from home as an independent consultant providing strategic planning and marketing services to small and mid-size companies.

Sixteen Mill Creek residents submitted multi-page written applications for the vacant city council seat, but two withdrew from the interview process.

Even though each of the 14 applicants for the vacant city council seat only had ten-minute interviews, it took over four hours to make the final selection.

In addition to the interviews this included two closed-door executive sessions, a nomination process to select finalists, and six ballot processes to select Steckler.

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