By Debra Smith Herald Writer
EVERETT — Councilman Arlan Hatloe stepped down from his position as council vice president earlier this month, citing personal reasons.
Hatloe, who started his third term in January, said Friday he plans to continue serving as a councilman. He declined to elaborate further on why he left the council leadership position after three months.
His resignation letter was sent to Council President Paul Roberts on March 8. The announcement wasn’t made public.
Roberts said that disclosure didn’t seem necessary. He has already appointed Councilman Drew Nielsen to serve in Hatloe’s place.
In January, Roberts asked Hatloe to serve as vice president of the council. In that position, Hatloe was responsible for assisting and filling in for the council president when necessary.
Friday, Roberts said Hatloe had been a natural choice to fill the role, partly based of his extensive leadership experience.
Hatloe served as council president last year and was instrumental in developing a policy to maintain a 20 percent reserve fund for the city’s budget, which has to be replenished if used. That’s helped Everett avoid layoffs and the reduction of services some other cities have experienced.
Debra Smith: 425-339-3197, firstname.lastname@example.org.