Council interviews top 3 candidates for Hatloe’s seat
EVERETT - The City Council interviewed the top three candidates for retiring Councilman Arlan Hatloe’s seat last week.
The council will choose between candidates June Robinson, planning commissioner Scott Murphy and former mayor Pete Kinch this week. Originally, six people had applied.
The council will vote on a candidate Wednesday, Jan. 2 at its 6:30 p.m. meeting. The vote needs a majority. The council will narrow the field to two selections in the event of a three-way tie. The appointed winner will be sworn into office shortly thereafter.
The process was delayed to Jan. 2 to allow Hatloe to vacate the seat. His last day was Dec. 31.
Kinch, Everett’s mayor from 1990 to 1994, spent two terms on council. He was elected mayor in his second attempt for the position.
Once nominated Everett’s Citizen of the Year in 1967, Kinch, 69, is now the director of a nonprofit, Hands for Peacemaking, which goes on mission trips to Guatemala.
In his application, he wrote that what he offers is experience. He writes that his experience as a public servant, businessman and community volunteer have prepared him well for being on council.
Kinch identified the Kimberly-Clark mill leaving as one of the greatest challenges and opportunities for the city, calling it a “tremendous opportunity.”
Kinch would have elected officials, Kimberly-Clark, the Economic Alliance Snohomish County and other stakeholders sit together to “go after what we want” for the site, without specifying what that entails. (The City Council currently is set to vote on new zoning rules for the site this week.)
Robinson, 53, narrowly lost an election against Councilman Scott Bader in November and lost another election against Councilman Ron Gipson in 2011. She works for Public Health – Seattle and King County and lives in the Northwest Neighborhood. She is the former director of the Housing Consortium of Everett and Snohomish County. She has spent most of her career in public health.
Robinson said her experience comes from speaking face-to-face with thousands of community members during her two election campaigns.
“Through that work, I have a deep understanding of the needs of the citizens of Everett,” Robinson said.
Robinson believes it is important to boost business and community interests by building infrastructure that encourages businesses to locate in Everett.
“It’s important to involve cultural and arts and recreational opportunities in why businesses want to locate in a community,” Robinson said. With good infrastructure, companies will want to come. “It’s all part of a puzzle,” Robinson said.
She wrote in her application that she is “adept at managing budgets and stretching scarce resources.”
She’s been a member of the city’s human needs committee since 2010.
Murphy, 50, is a planning commissioner whose day job is the chief operating officer of Goldfinch Bros. Inc., a glass and glazing firm. He’s been in Everett since 1992 and lives in the View Ridge Neighborhood.
In his application, he wrote that he believes he will bring a balanced point of view on prioritizing council spending and policy decisions. He believes in supporting public safety and parks while maintaining fiscal responsibility.
In his application, he stresses his experience in being part of policy-making boards. He’s been on 10 different nonprofit and for-profit boards, including long stints with the Everett Public Schools Foundation and the Snohomish County Y. He also was part of the Everett Medic One Levy team.
He told the council he would bring a strong business background to the council. One of the city’s priorities should be economic development, Murphy said.
“We have to keep an eye on (the economic recession) to be fiscally responsible,” Murphy said.
Murphy’s explanation of the council’s operating role differed from the other candidates. The council, a legislative body elected by the people, acts “along the lines of a board of directors,” he said.
Murphy has been a planning commissioner since 2010.
The appointed candidate will fill Hatloe’s term through this year and has the option to run for a full four-year term in November.
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