6 want on City Council
EVERETT - Six candidates are vying for retiring Councilman Arlan Hatloe’s seat on the City Council.
The applicants are: Don Hopkins, June Robinson, former mayor Pete Kinch, Jocelyn Sievers-Bailey, planning commissioner Scott Murphy and Heather Oie.
One person missing from the list is former Councilwoman Gigi Burke, who said for weeks she would apply.
The council is appointing a new member because Hatloe is stepping down at the end of the year. The appointed candidate will fill Hatloe’s seat until the end of next year when Hatloe’s term expires.
Council President Ron Gipson revealed the applicants’ names at last week’s council meeting earlier than expected to speed up the process.
The applicants will be interviewed in public Thursday, Dec. 27 at 12:30 p.m. at the City Council chambers. The selected person will join the council in early January.
The appointment process is decided by the seven-member council.
Voters will recognize Kinch and Robinson from this year’s special council election.
Robinson lost a close election to Councilman Scott Bader in November for the late Councilman Drew Nielsen’s seat. Kinch came in third in the August primary.
Kinch was Everett’s mayor from 1990 to 1994 and now manages a local nonprofit.
Robinson coordinates research projects for Public Health — Seattle and King County.
Hopkins is a retired longshoreman and spent 18 years on the Port of Everett board of commissioners.
Oie is a former Lake Stevens councilwoman who is now the operations manager for the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Sievers-Bailey is a teacher at Whittier Elementary.
Murphy sits on Everett’s planning commission; his day job is the chief operating officer for Goldfinch Bros. Inc., a glass and glazing company in Everett.
Hatloe surprised his fellow members earlier this month by announcing his retirement. His last day will be Dec. 31. He served 11 years on the council.
The appointed candidate can run for election next year to keep the seat for a full four-year term.
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