Kirkland seeks applicants to fill council vacancy

Councilmember and Mayor Amy Walen is retiring from council to serve in the state Legislature.

  • Wednesday, January 23, 2019 1:30pm
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Kirkland City Council is seeking applicants to fill the soon-to-be vacant council seat. Photo courtesy of city of Kirkland

Kirkland City Council is seeking applicants to fill the soon-to-be vacant council seat. Photo courtesy of city of Kirkland

Kirkland residents interested in serving on the City Council have until 4 p.m., Jan. 29 to apply to fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Councilmember Amy Walen.

Applications are available on the city website at: To be considered for this appointment applicants must have been a resident of the city of Kirkland for at least one year as of Nov. 5, 2019 and must be registered to vote. The individual who is selected will serve on council through the certification of the November 2019 election. Any individual appointed may also file to retain the seat in that election. Council intends to fill the position no later than March 1 and sooner if possible.

A council subcommittee consisting of Mayor Penny Sweet and councilmembers Dave Asher and Toby Nixon will review the application and recommend applicants to be invited for an interview. Recommendations will be reviewed at the Feb. 5 meeting and council will determine which candidates should be interviewed. Interviews will be conducted prior to the regular council meeting on Feb. 19. The candidate who is appointed will begin their service at the council retreat on March 1.

Applicants are encouraged to visit the city website and read about the role and responsibilities of serving on City Council.

Specific questions regarding the application process or the requirements of serving on council can be directed to city clerk Kathi Anderson at or 425-587-3197.

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