Updated Saturday with more details from Edmonds City Council President Diane Buckshnis
The Edmonds City Council has announced the process for filling the vacant council position 6, starting with the Tuesday, Jan. 28 council meeting.
All 15 applicants will be interviewed by current councilmembers for 15 minutes each, with interviews beginning at 5:30 p.m., following some brief Council business at 5 p.m. Those interviews are open to the public, and can be seen live online and on the Comcast 21/Frontier 39 cable channels. If you want to attend in person, the interviews will take place in the Council Chambers, 250 5th Ave. N.
According to Council President Diane Buckshnis, following the initial interviews each councilmember may select two applicants “that they feel they need more time to get to know,” as 15 minutes may not be sufficient for that process. The names of all candidates who will move on to a second interview will be announced Tuesday night, Buckshnis said.
Regardless of whether they are selected for a second interview, all candidates will still be in the running for post, she said, adding that “very viable candidates that are known in the community may not be selected for a second interview as most of us have seen their community service.” Applicants that were selected for a second interview will return for a 20-minute interview per person on Feb. 4.
On both evenings, potential candidates will not be able to sit in the Council Chambers during the interviews.
All applicants will be included in a special council meeting to vote on new appointment, which will be Tuesday, Feb. 11 before the regularly scheduled Council committee meetings. “If a consensus is not reached in an hour, Roberts Rules allows us to hold an executive session to discuss our positions,” Buckshnis explained. Following the executive session, the council will return to public session to continue voting. “If after the executive session another rounds of votes provides no appointee, the selection process will go the Snohomish County Council,” she added.
According to City of Edmonds code, Mayor Dave Earling will not be part of the voting process “and he has acknowledged that in an email to council,” Buckshnis said. You can see all 15 of the applications at this link.