The City of Ridgefield is looking for two residents to fill open positions on the Ridgefield City Council. Applications can be found on the City’s web site under City Council and are due September 6, 2012.
The population of Ridgefield now exceeds 5,000, so seven councilmen are required by law.
Here’s the procedure. The five current City Council members make the first appointment and the five current members plus the first new member make the second appointment. Both of the new positions will serve until the next municipal election which will be in November, 2013. At that election, one of the new positions will be elected to a two-year term while the other will be elected to a four-year term. Staggering the terms ensures that the number of City Council positions up for election in any election year is balanced.
To be eligible to be appointed to City Council applicants must be a registered voter in the City, have residence in the City for one full year, and submit an application, cover letter and a brief resume.
Application information is available on the City’s web site at http://www.ci.ridgefield.wa.us/government/cityCouncil.htm. Applications are due to Julie Basarab, Deputy City Clerk, no later than 5:00 on September 6th. The Ridgefield City Council is tentatively planning to interview applicants on September 13, 2012.
Mayor Ron Onlsow said, “Our community is growing and so is the number of representatives on our City Council. The two new positions offer a great opportunity for someone interested in serving the community to get involved. Ridgefield is facing a diverse set of issues as we grow and the new Council members will help set policies that ensure we address those issues in a thoughtful manner.”