Edited at 12:55 p.m. Friday to clarify that the City Attorney’s response was directed to another citizen who inquired about the hearing examiner decisions, and not the one Councilmember Bloom was referring to.
As reported last week in My Edmonds News, concerns were raised in the Nov. 10 Edmonds City Council meeting by Councilmember Joan Bloom in response to a citizen inquiry questioning the validity of hearing examiner decisions made after the December 2014.
The term of Hearing Examiner Phil Olbrechts expired in December 2014, and the citizen questioned whether that would render invalid decisions made subsequent to that date. At the council meeting, City Attorney Jeff Taraday said he would research legal precedents relating to similar situations and respond at the next council meeting.
In a letter to another citizen who raised the question, Taraday cited numerous legal precedents supporting the validity of hearing examiner decisions made subsequent to December 2014 (see the full letter here, citizen’s name redacted).
A Request for Qualifications has been posted on the City of Edmonds website to permanently fill the Hearing Examiner position. In the interim Mayor Earling has renewed Olbrecht’s appointment through the end of 2015.
— By Larry Vogel