Kirkland City Council to interview finalists for open seat

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Kirkland City Council will hold a special meeting on Monday to interview the five finalists for the open position 2 seat on the council.

The finalists are Dianne Bell, Colleen Cullen, Andy Held, Tom Neir and Jon Pascal.

The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m.* at Kirkland City Hall. It is open to the public, but it will not be televised or streamed online. The meeting will start with an executive session, with the actual interviews scheduled to start at 9 a.m.

Following the interviews, the council may select the finalist they wish to appoint for the open seat, or that decision may be postponed to a future meeting.

The position 2 seat was vacated after Shelley Kloba stepped down following her Nov. 8 election as 1st District state representative. A total of 26 applicants expressed interest in the open seat, and the pool was narrowed down by a selection committee composed of Councilmembers Toby Nixon, Dave Asher and Penny Sweet. The council approved the list of the five finalists at its Dec. 13 meeting.

The agenda for Monday morning’s meeting can be found on the city’s website, kirklandwa.gov.

*This meeting was previously scheduled to start at 9 a.m.