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Benjamin Briles appointed to take Pam Pruitt’s place on the Mill Creek City Council

It took four hours and four rounds of final ballots, but in the end Benjamin Briles was selected to take Pam Pruitt’s position on the Mill Creek City Council in a September 29, 2020, special meeting.
Benjamin Briles. Photo courtesy of LinkedIn.

By Richard Van Winkle, News of Mill Creek, October 2, 2020.

It took four hours and four rounds of final ballots, but in the end Benjamin Briles was selected to take Pam Pruitt’s position on the Mill Creek City Council in a September 29, 2020, special meeting.

He will serve as a city councilmember at least until November 2021 when the general election is certified and he said he will run a campaign next year to continue in this position.

The winner in the 2021 General Election will serve a full four-year term on the city council.

According to a city press release, “Briles is an eight-year resident of Mill Creek. Since moving to Mill Creek, he has been civically engaged, including serving two terms on the Arts and Beautification Board and is currently the Chair.”

He has also been serving the city since 2019 as a member of the Mill Creek Boulevard Corridor Subarea Advisory Committee. The advisory committee members have provided input and guidance in the preparation of the subarea’s long-term vision.

According to LinkedIn, Briles is a lead Boeing 777 design and integration engineer with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace, Aeronautical, and Astronautical Engineering.

Thirteen Mill Creek residents applied for Pam Pruitt’s vacant seat, who resigned her council position on August 24th.

The city council conducted interviews of only twelve of these applicants as one person had to attend to a family issue and was unavailable.

Four finalists were chosen by the city council and here are the final voting tabulations:

Round 1

  • Mark Harmsworth – 2 votes by Councilmember Bond and Councilmember Cavaleri.
  • Sid Siegel – 1 vote by Mayor Holtzclaw.
  • Benjamin Briles – 1 vote by Mayor Pro Tem Vignal.
  • Carmen Fisher – 1 vote by Councilmember Steckler.

Round 2

  • Mark Harmsworth – 2 votes by Councilmember Bond and Councilmember Cavaleri.
  • Sid Siegel – 1 vote by Mayor Pro Tem Vignal.
  • Benjamin Briles – 1 vote by Mayor Holtzclaw.
  • Carmen Fisher – 1 vote by Councilmember Steckler.

Round 3

  • Mark Harmsworth – 2 votes by Councilmember Bond and Councilmember Cavaleri.
  • Benjamin Briles – 2 votes by Mayor Holtzclaw and Mayor Pro Tem Vignal.
  • Carmen Fisher – 1 vote by Councilmember Steckler.

Round 4

  • Mark Harmsworth – 2 votes by Councilmember Bond and Councilmember Cavaleri.
  • Benjamin Briles – 3 votes by Mayor Holtzclaw, Mayor Pro Tem Vignal & Councilmember Steckler.

The city council will conduct interviews for Mike Todd’s vacant position at an October 20th special meeting.

It took four hours and four rounds of final ballots, but in the end Benjamin Briles was selected to take Pam Pruitt’s position on the Mill Creek City Council in a September 29, 2020, special meeting.

Councilmember Benjamin Briles taking virtual oath of office. Photo courtesy of GoToMeeting.

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