Outgoing Edmonds councilperson Laura Johnson sits in the shade at the park above Edmonds Library on Sep. 9, in downtown Edmonds. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Outgoing Edmonds councilperson Laura Johnson sits in the shade at the park above Edmonds Library on Sep. 9, in downtown Edmonds. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

For Edmonds City Council, another vacancy means another search

Council member Laura Johnson’s departure created the opening. Those interested in serving have until Oct. 5 to apply.

EDMONDS — The search is on for someone to fill the City Council vacancy created by the recent resignation of Laura Johnson.

The remaining City Council members will appoint a person to the Position 7 seat that Johnson had held since 2019. That person will serve through certification of the November 2023 election.

To be considered, a person must have lived in Edmonds for at least one year and be registered to vote within city limits.

Applicants must provide a statement explaining why they are interested and answer a handful of questions. Application information can be found on the city’s website.

Applications are due by noon Oct. 5. Candidate interviews will be conducted in special meetings between Oct. 12 and 15. The council will hold a special meeting Oct. 17 in which an appointment could be made.

This process begins a couple weeks after the council chose Dave Teitzel to succeed Kristiana Johnson, who died in July. Teitzel, a former City Council member, beat out 16 other applicants following 41 rounds of votes.

Those 16 people can apply for this new opening without submitting a new application. They will need to email the council’s executive assistant and ask that their previous application be considered. The email should be sent to Beckie.Peterson@edmondswa.gov.

They will not need to be re-interviewed either as the council intends to ask the same questions in this search. However, if any of the 16 want to submit a new application and be re-interviewed, they can make that request as well.

Edmonds City Council has seven part-time, nonpartisan, at-large council positions. Council members are required to attend council and council committee meetings. The base salary is $1,416.66 a month.

For more information, contact Peterson by email or by phone at 425-771-0248.

Jerry Cornfield: 360-352-8623; jcornfield@heraldnet.com; Twitter: @dospueblos.

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