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Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2012, 1:45 p.m.

Council seeks applications to fill vacant seat

  • Councilman Drew Nielsen died May 12 in a rafting accident. People have tied black ribbons to trees along Colby Avenue. Some have placed Nielsen's camp...

    Debra Smith / The Herald

    Councilman Drew Nielsen died May 12 in a rafting accident. People have tied black ribbons to trees along Colby Avenue. Some have placed Nielsen's campaign signs in their windows.

The City Council is now accepting applications to temporarily fill the seat left vacant after the May 12 death of Drew Nielsen.

Council president Ron Gipson said it been “a sad, sad week” for the council, but that it was important to quickly — and fairly — fill Nielsen's seat until elections could be held in November.

Those interested should submit an interest letter and resume by 10 a.m. Tuesday to the City Clerk's Office, 2930 Wetmore Ave.

He laid out the detail's at Wednesday's council meeting.

Candidates must be registered voters, residents of Everett at least a year and be at least 18 years old.
Each member of the council will be presented with all the applications and each member will independently select a top choice. Each of those top choices will be interviewed in public at the May 30 council meeting, Gipson said.

If necessary, the council may hold a second public session before voting. By city charter, the council has 30 days to fill the seat. If they don't, the mayor can make an appointment.

The people who have filed to run in the election to finish out the remaining three years of Nielsen's term need not apply.

Gipson said he wouldn't accept their applications because it wouldn't be fair and might appear as if the council had handpicked a replacement.

“We're trying to make this as sterile and clean as possible,” Gipson said.
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