City Council Position #5 Vacancy - Filled February 8, 2021
The Council replacement process begins as soon as the Member formally communicates their intention of leaving the Council or no longer can meet the requirement of a Councilmember.
The Councilmember resigning will not be a member of the Council and not part of the replacement process on the day which a new Councilmember is selected.
1st Council night (January 11, 2021)
- The announcement of the vacancy.
- Statement of the process: qualified individuals will write a letter or send a resume to the City Clerk indicating that they wish to apply for the vacant position. Qualified individuals may also mail their letter or resume to City Clerk, PO Box 909, Ocean Shores, WA.
- Regardless of the delivery method used, the letter or resume is due at City Clerk’s office between 9 am on January 12, 2021 and 2 pm on February 3, 2021.
- If a candidate chooses to withdraw their application before the selection process, they will not be able to be part of the selection process.
- Qualifications: At least 1-year full-time residency in the City at time of appointment; A currently registered voter in this district at time declares candidacy; Able to serve out the term until the next election certification.
- 2nd Announcement of the vacancy.
- Invite applicants to the next Council meeting to speak individually for 3 minutes and to answer Council questions.
- City Clerk will provide copies of letter/resumes to Council members and the press.
*Due to Covid-19 restrictions the following process may be altered. Applicants will be provided instructions prior to meeting.
- The applicants will be asked to wait outside the Council Chamber.
- The applicants will be called in one at a time selected randomly by placing all names in a container and selected one at a time.
- Applicants may sit in the Council meeting and listen to subsequent applicants.
- When all available have spoken, the Mayor will recess into executive session.
- Mayor and Council will discuss qualifications in the executive session.
- Mayor will reconvene the regular meeting.
- All Councilmembers names will be placed in a container, and the Mayor will pull a name, and that Councilmember may nominate a person for the open position if the Councilmember passes the Mayor will select another Councilmember to nominate a person.
- The Council will vote on the person nominated if there are four yes votes then the applicant becomes a new Councilperson. If there are not four yes votes, then the Mayor will select another Councilmember to place a nomination. Councilmembers may only vote once per nominee, and during the first round, the Mayor may not break the tie.
- If all Councilmembers have either nominated or voted for someone, the Council will move to round two. The process will start again and Councilmembers may nominate a new person or re-nominate a person nominated in round one, however during this round the Mayor, if they choose, may vote if three Councilmembers are voting positive for an Applicant.
- If appointed, the new Councilmember may be sworn in and takes his or her seat.
- The regular meeting continues.