Edmonds councilman to resign before term ends

  • Tue Mar 6th, 2012 6:41pm

By Mina Williams Herald writer

EDMONDS — Councilman Michael Plunkett has announced that he will soon resign his seat on the City Council.

Plunkett is serving his fourth term, which was set to end next year. He was council president in 2004 and 2008.

“Yes, I’ll be resigning, and I’ll have a statement and time-frame out in about a month,” Plunkett said. “There is an item in executive session I have been working on for a few years that I would like to try to have input into before I resign.”

People can apply for Plunkett’s seat after he confirms his departure date.

Plunkett has informed Council President Strom Peterson of his intention.

He has lived in Edmonds for more than 30 years and, until recently, he worked at the Edmonds Windermere office. He has since transferred to the company’s Magnolia office in Seattle.

“I am expecting Michael’s official statement mid-March,” Peterson said. “At that time we will start taking applications.”

The process for filling seats before a term expires is in the council’s hands. Applications are accepted and reviewed by council. Candidates are selected for interviews, then the council votes.

Filling vacated elected seats is not new to Edmonds. Since 2009, three council seats have been up for grabs.

Peterson took the seat vacated by Deanna Dawson in 2009 when she relocated to Washington, D.C.

Peggy Pritchard Olson’s seat became vacant upon her death in 2009. Her spot was filled with the appointment of Diane Buckshnis.

Dave Orvis left the council in 2010 citing family issues. Lora Petso was seated in her position, appointed by the council.

In 2010, Mayor Gary Haakenson left to work for Snohomish County and he was replaced by Mayor Mike Cooper.

The appointed council members each successfully ran for election of their respective seats. Cooper lost in his election bid in November to current Mayor Dave Earling.