Edmonds City Council set to appoint new member Tuesday night

The Edmonds City Council is scheduled Tuesday night to appoint a new councilmember to fill the Position 6 vacancy left by Frank Yamamoto, who resigned Dec. 31.

A total of 14 candidates are in the running for the vacant set. All of the applicants have gone through at least one interview with councilmembers; second interviews will be conducted Tuesday night with those councilmembers who desired to do so.

Prior to the selection, the council will convene in executive session regarding potential litigation.The executive session is closed to the public and is scheduled to last approximately 30 minutes. Once the council has voted on the appointment, the city council will meet separately as committees in the following meeting rooms:
⇒ Parks, Planning and Public Works Committee: Council Chambers
⇒ Finance Committee: Jury Meeting Room
⇒ Public Safety and Personnel Committee: Police Training Room

The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. in Public Safety Complex, 250 5th Ave. N. You can see the complete agenda here.

  1. So a City Council Member who was VOTED in and has left because of the in-fighting and an uncooperative Council created a “hostile” environment now is being replaced by the City Council who created this mess? Excuse me but shouldnt the People of Edmonds decide who they want on City Council? Seems kind of wrong to me!

  2. Former City Council Member Frank Yamamoto stated in his resignation letter that he was resigning “due to two heart surgeries in two years and the demands of the associated recovery process”. Why do you think he left because of so called infighting and an uncooperative Council? I don’t believe Mr. Yamamoto would have quit for reasons like that – I believe his resignation was honorable and necessary due to his stated health issues.

    He also stated in his resignation letter that “the city is positioned well to move forward in a manner deserving of its residents.” I don’t believe Mr. Yamamoto would have stated such if there was a “hostile” environment.

    I agree, it would be nice if the People of Edmonds could vote -but the laws don’t allow for such in this unfortunate situation.

    I appreciate the efforts of our City Council and trust they will be very diligent as they attempt to choose the proper candidate to replace Former City Council Member Yamamoto.

  3. Joe-I believe you have the City Council vacant position, and the position for Finance Director mixed up. The finance director left his position due to the reasons you state.

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