Published: Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Councilwoman quits after 8 years

By Katya Yefimova
Herald writer
MOUNTLAKE TERRACE — Mountlake Terrace City Councilwoman Michelle Robles has resigned after almost eight years of service.
Robles turned in her letter of resignation June 28.
The councilwoman resigned because of health and personal reasons, Mayor Jerry Smith said.
“Michelle had fought through a number of health issues recently and was commuting a long distance to her new place of employment, and the decision to resign was not an easy one,” he said.
Robles is a pharmacist. Her service includes the Snohomish Health District Board, Association of Snohomish County Cities and Towns Executive Board, Association of Washington Cities Legislative Committee and Snohomish County Housing and Homelessness Policy Oversight Committee.
“Michelle came from the Planning Commission and the City Council looked to her in issues related to land use,” said John Caulfield, the city manager. “She certainly served this community very well in that role.”
The city plans to appoint a new council member to fill Robles’ seat until the November 2013 election. People are invited to apply between July 23 and Aug. 13.
Candidates must be U.S. citizens at least 18 years of age and without felony convictions. They also must be registered voters who have lived within the city for at least one year.
The City Council plans to interview candidates during a special meeting planned for 6 p.m. Aug. 14. After the interviews, council members plan to hold a closed-door session, then return to the public meeting and select the new council member.
The new council member is expected to be sworn in at the council’s regular meeting Aug. 20.
To apply
Applications will be available July 23 on the city’s website,, and at the interim City Hall, 6100 219th St. SW, Suite 200. Interested parties also may contact the City Clerk’s Office at 425-744-6206 or