At the end of the Nov. 10 Edmonds City Council meeting, Councilmember Joan Bloom said the city council received an email from a citizen, noting that the contract between the City of Edmonds and current Hearing Examiner Phil Olbrechts expired at the end of 2014. Bloom then asked City Attorney Jeff Taraday if the contract expiration would affect decisions that Olbrechts made in 2015.
Taraday replied to Bloom that answering the question would require some research, and in an email to My Edmonds News Monday, the city attorney said he will have a response for the council during the Tuesday, Nov. 17, council meeting.
City of Edmonds Development Services Director Shane Hope said the city issued a Request for Qualifications/Proposals for the Hearing Examiner’s position last week, and that is now posted to the city’s website.
“The intent is to identify qualified candidates and follow the process laid out in the city code to execute a new four-year contract,” Hope said in an email. “This would include the Mayor appointing and the City Council confirming. We think that can happen by the end of the year.”
Meanwhile, Hope said, Mayor Dave Earling has authority under the code to make a temporary hearing examiner appointment. “He has done so by requesting that the existing hearing examiner stay on at least through the end of the year while the long-term search wraps up,” she said.