City seeking applicants to fill City Council vacancy

There is an opening on the Kent City Council, and interested applicants have until 5 p.m. on Friday, April 20, 2018 to submit their letter of interest and resume.

The opening was created when Councilmember Tina Budell resigned her council position effective April 13, 2018.

At a 5 p.m. special meeting on Tuesday, April 24, the Council will meet in executive session to consider the qualifications of the candidates and determine which applicants will be interviewed. The Council will interview selected applicants and may make their appointment at a special meeting of the Council at 5 p.m., May 8 at City Hall.

Interested applicants are required to submit a resume and a cover letter explaining why they want to serve on the City Council, along with the unique skills and relevant experience, as well as any experience with civic, professional or volunteer organizations and other city boards or commissions. Letters and resumes may be submitted:

State law does not set out any specific procedure except that the council must act to fill the position within 90 days.

The new councilmember will serve until an election for the post takes place in November 2019. The appointed council member also will be eligible to run for the position. The elected individual would take office as soon as the election is certified.

The City Council consists of seven members who are directly elected by the citizens for four-year terms. The City Council establishes law and policy by passing ordinances and resolutions. Each councilmember receives a monthly salary of $1,265.

To be eligible to apply, State law requires candidates to be U.S. citizens, registered voters and to have been a resident of the city for one year. For more information about the application process, contact City Clerk Kim Komoto at 253-856-5728 or [email protected].

Kent is the sixth largest city in Washington with a population over 127,000. A culturally rich destination, Kent features captivating neighborhoods, award-winning parks, exceptional school districts and nationally accredited police and fire departments. In recent years, Kent has experienced impressive economic growth, and is nationally known as a prime location for manufacturing. For more information, visit KentWA.gov.

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