With news that Edmonds City Councilmember Michael Plunkett will be submitting timeframe and schedule for his resignation soon, here are the next steps according to City Council President Strom Peterson.
Within the next month, Plunkett will tell the Council the actual date he plans to step down, Peterson said. “Before that date, we will take applications for the open seat. As we gave done in the last few years, council will review the applicants and interview those qualified. Depending on the number, we may do more than one round of interviews. We will hope to have little or no time when that position is actually vacant,” Peterson added.
Former Edmonds City Councilmember Ron Wambolt indicated he is likely to apply for appointment to Plunkett’s seat. In addition, two candidates who came close to unseating incumbents during the 2011 election – Darlene Stern, who ran against Lora Petso, and Bob Wilcox, who faced Diane Buckshnis –both said they were interested in the position.
Plunkett, a real estate agent who has lived in Edmonds for more than 30 years, was elected to his fourth City Council term in 2009. He served as Council president in 2004 and 2008.