MOUNTLAKE TERRACE — The City Council on Saturday appointed Steve Woodard to a council opening.
The vacancy was left after Mayor Jerry Smith died of natural causes in December.
“My twofold goal in stepping into our vacant position is to honor the legacy established by our beloved Mayor Smith and his family, while also keeping our city’s focus on the future,” Woodward said in a press release. “Ours is a complex and diverse community. In this regard, know and trust that through this appointment, my intent is to continue to add to the richness that makes Mountlake Terrace a destination city.”
The appointment is to last until the certification of November’s general election.
Woodard has lived in Mountlake Terrace for 15 years and serves as chairman of the city’s Recreation & Parks Advisory Commission, according to the release. He has a doctorate in education from the University of Washington and works at Edmonds Community College as dean of student success.
Councilmembers interviewed 10 candidates, nominated four for the opening and selected Woodward after two rounds of voting.
Terrace has a council-manager form of government, with a mayor selected from the council. Kyoko Matsumoto Wright is now mayor.
Woodward was scheduled to be sworn in Thursday.