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|Council interviews 3 for Hatloe’s seat Dec. 27
EVERETT - The field of six applicants seeking to fill retiring Councilman Arlan Hatloe’s seat was narrowed to three last week.
City Council members selected June Robinson, planning commissioner Scott Murphy and former mayor Pete Kinch as their preferred nominees.
The three applicants will be publicly interviewed during the Thursday, Dec. 27 council meeting at 12:30 p.m. in the City Council chambers, 3002 Wetmore Ave. The council is holding its meeting one day later because of Christmas.
The council will make its selection Wednesday, Jan. 2. The person will be sworn into office shortly after that.
The applicants will be brought into the chambers one at a time to be interviewed by council members. The interview process will take place at the start of the council meeting.
The other three applicants were former Lake Stevens councilwoman Heather Oie, school teacher Jocelyn Sievers-Bailey and former longtime Port of Everett commissioner Don Hopkins.
The council’s selections were made anonymously.
Kinch was Everett’s mayor from 1990 to 1994 and now manages a local nonprofit that organizes mission trips to Guatemala.
Robinson coordinates research projects for Public Health — Seattle and King County.
Murphy is the vice president of Everett’s planning commission. His day job is chief operating officer for Goldfinch Bros. Inc., a glass and glazing company in Everett.
This is Robinson’s third try for council. She narrowly lost a special council election in November to Councilman Scott Bader for late Councilman Drew Nielsen’s seat. In the November election, Robinson was endorsed by Councilwoman Brenda Stonecipher and Councilman Paul Roberts.
She also ran against entrenched incumbent Councilman Ron Gipson last year, winning 40 percent of the vote.
Kinch came in third in the August primary in the bid for Nielsen’s seat.
Murphy has never run for public office.
Kinch, 69, remained active in the community after leaving City Hall. He is the president of the Everett Port Gardner Rotary, a council president in his Lutheran church and the executive director of Hands for Peacekeeping Foundation. The nonprofit travels to Guatemala each year to help people and operates on a half million dollar budget.
Robinson, 53, is a member of the city’s human needs advisory committee and former administrative member of the Northwest Neighborhood. Before joining Public Health — Seattle and King County earlier this year, she was the director of the Housing Consortium of Everett and Snohomish County.
Murphy, 50, joined the planning commission in 2010 and was part of the discussions for the city’s plan for the Central Waterfront Planning Area, which largely consists of the former Kimberly-Clark mill site. He volunteers with the Greater Everett Community Foundation and is a founding member of Mountain Pacific Bank, he said.
Former Councilwoman Gigi Burke, who said previously that she’d apply and was one of Hatloe’s preferred choices, said last week she didn’t because it wasn’t the right time for her family.
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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