Council to fill vacant seat Jan. 11

Residents invited to apply by Jan. 4.

By Haley McNealey
Edited by Katie Tomasulo

The Concrete Town Council will appoint a new councilmember to Position 2 during its Jan. 11 meeting. Position 2 will be vacant as of that date with the official resignation of councilmember-elect Maryann Holbrook.

As reported previously, Holbrook was in the running for Position 2, but decided to withdraw from the general election due to an impending relocation to another town; however, her announcement came after the official date for withdrawal, so her name still appeared on the ballot. During the Nov. 3 general election, Holbrook beat her opponent, incumbent councilmember Dave Pfeiffer, 73 votes (63.48 percent) to 42 votes (32.52 percent). Despite attempts to remain in Concrete, Holbrook ultimately decided to officially resign her elected position effective Jan. 11.

With Holbrook’s resignation, the council will have the responsibility of appointing an applicant to fill the unoccupied seat during its Jan. 11 regular meeting, 7 p.m. at Town Hall. Interested, qualified Concrete residents are invited to apply for the appointment to the council seat. Applications must be submitted no later than Jan. 4 at 4:30 p.m. to the Town of Concrete Clerk-Treasurer, 45672 Main St., P.O. Box 39, Concrete, WA 98237. For more information, contact Andrea Fichter at 360.853.8401.

Individuals who choose to submit an application for appointment are requested to attend the regular meeting Jan. 11 to provide oral testimony regarding why they wish to serve on the council and offer answers to any questions the mayor and council may ask.

Pfeiffer has confirmed that he will apply for reappointment to the council seat he lost to Holbrook. As of Dec. 30, his was the only application received for the seat.

When asked for comment, Mayor Jason Miller stated, “I am never a fan of appointments. Whenever possible, I am going to want to see people on the council who are elected by the people. The next best thing is to have as many applicants for the seat as possible.”

Writer Haley McNealey is a 2015 graduate of Concrete High School.
Editor Katy Tomasulo lives in Seattle.

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