The Herald of Everett, Washington
HeraldNet on Facebook HeraldNet on Twitter HeraldNet RSS feeds HeraldNet Pinterest HeraldNet Google Plus HeraldNet Youtube
HeraldNet Newsletters  Newsletters: Sign up | Manage  Green editions icon Green editions

Calendar


HeraldNet Headlines
HeraldNet Newsletter Delivered to your inbox each week.
Published: Thursday, November 29, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

Arlan Hatloe resigns from Everett City Council

The Everett businessman, who has a year remaining in his third term, wants to spend winter months in a warmer area.

  • Arlan Hatloe, Everett City Council

    Arlan Hatloe, Everett City Council

EVERETT -- City Councilman Arlan Hatloe surprised his colleagues Wednesday by announcing he's resigning effective at the end of the year.
Hatloe, who has a year remaining on his third council term, said the time had come to enjoy retirement with his wife, spending the winter months in warmer climes.
The news broke during an afternoon City Council meeting.
"I didn't tell anyone so everybody was kind of surprised," Hatloe said afterward.
Hatloe, 71, comes from a family with deep ties to Everett, including a grandfather who arrived here from Norway in 1905.
He first joined the City Council 11 years ago, and has more seniority than any of his peers except for Council President Ron Gipson. He had won respect for his business acumen.
When Hatloe first ran for the City Council, he had never before served in public office. He thought his business background would prove valuable.
"I was only going to run for the one term, then I got hooked" on city projects he was working on, he said.
Shortly after he joined the City Council, Hatloe retired from his job of more than 40 years, running the paint and home decoration store that bears the family name. It was started in 1939 by his father and grandfather. His two sons now run the business.
Hatloe said he was most proud of work he did on the council to help bring the Everett Events Center, now called Comcast Arena, to downtown in 2003. He also spoke of his later efforts to help the city oversee the facility's management.
"That's one of the projects that I've enjoyed working on," he said.
He also said he was happy, early in his tenure, to have encouraged the city to set up a reserve fund that's helped keep Everett in respectable financial shape.
The most difficult thing about his public service, Hatloe said, was often dealing with single-issue activists who would constantly fault elected officials for their decisions.
"It's very frustrating when you're trying to do the best that you can do for the broader public," he said.
An example, he said, were the neighbors who objected to Providence Regional Medical Center Everett's 12-story, $460 million medical tower, which opened in mid-2011.
"This is a wonderful project that benefits everybody," he said.
After hearing Hatloe's resignation announcement, council colleagues said they were sad to see him leaving, but comforted that he'd only be a phone call away.
"I'm professionally and personally saddened that he won't be serving with us again next year," Council Vice President Jeff Moore said. "The experience and help and wisdom that he's provided to me over the past few years has been tremendous."
Councilman Shannon Affholter said he hoped people in the community would appreciate the impact Hatloe has had "in so many ways."
The City Council is likely to begin accepting applications in the coming weeks from candidates who are interested in filling the soon-to-be-vacant seat. Whoever gets the appointment would serve out the final year of Hatloe's term, until a new person is sworn in after the November 2013 elections.
Hatloe doesn't get an official say in his replacement, but said he would support businesswoman Gigi Burke or somebody with similar qualifications and dedication to Everett.
Burke had filled in as an interim council member after former Councilman Drew Nielsen's death in May in a rafting accident.
Minutes before Hatloe announced his resignation, newly elected City Councilman Scott Bader was sworn in to Nielsen's old seat.
Bader, 48, is an attorney who works on fundraising and other issues for Roman Catholic parishes. He beat opponent June Robinson during the Nov. 6 election with just over 52 percent of the vote.

Noah Haglund: 425-339-3465; nhaglund@heraldnet.com.
Story tags » EverettLocal

Share your comments: Log in using your HeraldNet account or your Facebook, Twitter or Disqus profile. Comments that violate the rules are subject to removal. Please see our terms of use. Please note that you must verify your email address for your comments to appear.

You are logged in using your HeraldNet ID. Click here to update your profile. | Log out.

Our new comment system is not supported in IE 7. Please upgrade your browser here.

comments powered by Disqus

HeraldNet highlights

Powerlifting passion
Powerlifting passion: South Everett man helps others succeed in sport he excels at
Better for knowing you
Better for knowing you: Hall touched the lives of many people, including a Herald writer
Rocking all over again
Rocking all over again: Heart guitarist Roger Fisher pours soul into new project
Hoop skills
Hoop skills: College students on break teach finer points of basketball
SnoCoSocial