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City Council Position #6 Vacancy

Councilmember Replacement Process

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 (August 22, 2022)
  • First announcement of the vacancy.
  • Statement of the process: qualified individuals will write a letter stating what experience they will bring to City Council and the reasons they wish to be a Councilmember and send the letter and resume to the City Clerk by email at indicating that they wish to apply for the vacant position.
  • Qualified individuals may also mail their letter and resume to PO Box 909, Ocean Shores, WA 98569, attention City Clerk.
  • Regardless of the delivery method used, the letter or resume is due at City Clerk’s office between 9 am on August 23, 2022 and 2 pm on September 23, 2022.
  • 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 Council night (September 12, 2022)
  • Second announcement of the vacancy
Friday before Selection Meeting (September 23, 2022)
  • Invite applicants to the next Council meeting to speak individually for 3 minutes and to answer Council questions.
  • Council nomination randomization.
  • City Clerk will provide copies of letter/resumes to Council members.
3rd Council night (September 26, 2022)
  • The applicants will be asked to wait outside the Council Chamber
  • The applicants will be called in one at a in the order randomly selected by Council.
  • 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 in favor of an Applicant.
  • If appointed, the new Councilmember will be sworn in and takes his or her respective  seat at the dais. 
  • The regular meeting continues.