City Council Vacancy – June 2021

Update July 23: City Council has appointed Judy Chipman and Rachel Coker to fill the vacant positions 7 and 2. 

Two Councilors resigned their positions because each of them are moving out of the state.  State law provides that City Council “shall appoint a qualified person to fill the vacant position.” The timeline for filling the Council vacancy is as follows:

June 25, 2021: Applications due to City Clerk by 12:00PM (noon)
July 8, 2021: Candidate Interviews
July 22, 2021: New Councilmember swearing-in.

To be considered, your application packet must be completed and received by the City Clerk either on-line or at Ridgefield City Hall, 230 Pioneer Street, Ridgefield, WA 98642 no later than June 25 at 12:00PM.  Application packets received after 12:00 PM will not be considered. Additional written information after this date will not be considered, unless requested by the City Council.

If you would like to suggest a question for City Council to ask candidates at the July 8 Candidate Interviews, please email the City Clerk at julie.ferriss@ridgefieldwa.us.

FAQ

Why is there a Vacancy on Ridgefield City Council?

Two Councilors resigned their positions because each of them are moving out of state. As a result, there are two vacant positions. State law provides that “the remaining members of the governing body shall appoint a qualified person to fill the vacant position.” RCW 42.12.070(1).

Qualifications for City Council

Qualified candidates must:

  • Have continuously resided within the Ridgefield city limits for a minimum of one year prior to your appointment to the Council; and

  • Be a registered voter in the City of Ridgefield.

Process for Filling the Vacancy

The City Council will follow the process outlined below:

  1. Application Period to open June 7, 2021. Closes Friday, June 18, 2021 at 5PM. Applicants must submit a letter of interest, a resume including reference names and contact information, a reference authorization form and a short application. Interested applicants may download an application packet including detailed information.

  1. City Clerk Transmission of Application Materials. The City Clerk will provide each City Councilmember with a notebook that includes all applications.

  2. Review of applications. Councilmembers will review all applications and rate each candidate.

  3. Special Council Meeting for Interviews and Appointment. City Council will interview selected candidates in a special meeting on July 8 and make an appointment by vote of the full Council.

Applying for the Council Appointment

To be considered, a complete application packet must be received by the City Clerk at Ridgefield City Hall, 230 Pioneer Street, Ridgefield, WA 98642 no later than June 25, 2021 at 12:00 p.m.  Application packets received after 12:00 pm will not be considered. Additional written information after this date will not be considered, unless requested by the City Council.

A complete application packet must include:

  1. A letter of interest.

  2. A resume.

  3. Reference Authorization Form (final page of online application)

  4. Questionnaire (third page of online application)

  5. Completed Application

  6. Reference letters (optional)

The appointed applicant, is also required by state law to file financial disclosure statements with the Washington Public Disclosure Commission (www.pdc.wa.gov).

How long will the Council Appointee hold office?

The appointed application will be required to sit for election in 2023, the next City authorized election

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