Five people have applied for the open Position No. 2 seat on the Ocean Shores City Council, including two who applied for the previous vacancy in April, and three making their first bids for Council office.
The applicants in alphabetical order are:
• Real estate broker Jeff Daniel, Planning Commission member and Chamber of Commerce president. Daniel’s application notes he was been an Ocean shores resident since 2005, and also lists the following local highlights: Parks Board Chair (2007), Ocean Shores Little League baseball and soccer coach (2007-08) and “top-producing real estate broker in Ocean Shores since 2008.” His top concerns: “Erosion control/tsunami protection/dune management/road maintenance/transportation improvements/sidewalk creation/economic development/exploration of new revenue sources for the city/fresh waterways clean-up.”
• Lorraine Hardin, who said she spent the past “11 years working in the non-profit sector on various governing boards and in various offices on those boards.” Her application states: “I have been instrumental in settling disputes and moving companies forward to goals in their efforts to grow and change with their communities. My strengths are in finding tools to help people who disagree to work together for the greater good.”
• David Linn, a 10-year resident who said he has been “an active advocate for environmental and wildlife issues” with a broad educational background including a BS in mathematics, an MBA and completion of a PhD program. Career includes a manufacturing engineer, a college instructor, researcher and real estate investment manager and consultant. “I am able to ask questions, voice my opinion and listen to the opinions of others. I am not afraid of compromise between divergent positions and relish the challenge of finding solutions to problems.”
• Carlos Roldan, who noted he was a candidate for the Position No. 7 seat in April that was filled by Diane Solem after the death of two-time Council member Robert Crumpacker. “My agenda is to listen to the people that pay the city bills,” Roldan said in his new application. “Vote on what is best for the community, not what a small few want. … I’ll express my opinion loudly when it comes to digging into the property taxpayer’s pockets.”
• Kathryn Sprigg also submitted her application for the Position No. 7 seat last spring, and now for the No. 2 vacancy. She retired three years ago from the Highline School District, where she was director of Assessment, Research and Evaluation. She has completed her doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy at Seattle University: “This experience and my demonstrated perseverance make me uniquely qualified to help with the decisions that council members make on behalf of our city.” Her application concludes: “My experience in the public and private sectors, in financing and budgeting, and in problem analysis will help me bring a different perspective to the council as you work through issues that face Ocean Shores today.”
The Ocean Shores City Council on Monday moved to expedite the process to appoint its second new member of the year after Holly Plackett resigned her position, effective Tuesday. Although Plackett still participated in her final meeting via telephone, she and her husband, Mark, have moved to Kona, Hawaii.
One of the five applicants will fill the seat vacated when Holly Plackett moved to Hawaii last month, setting up the second Council vote for a replacement in the past year. The replacement will serve through 2019, when four other council positions will be on the November general election ballot.
The decision on the applications will be made by the remaining Council members at the Aug. 13 regular Monday night meeting.
The process is as follows:
• Ask Council member applicants to wait outside the Council Chamber.
• Call them in one at a time to speak and answer questions. Applicants may then sit in Council and listen.
• When all available have spoken, recess into executive session.
• Mayor will reconvene the regular meeting.
• A Council member may make a motion to name one of the applicants to the Council. If a member seconds the motion, the Council will vote. If there is not a majority, another member may move to elect another applicant, and follow the same process.
• Mayor may break any tie vote.