Gig Harbor City Council to fill open seat vacated by new mayor

Government: Applications for mayor-elect Jill Guernsey’s vacant position available

of the GatewayDecember 4, 2013 

Mayor-elect Jill Guernesy’s position on the Gig Harbor City Council will be vacant next month.

The city council has opened an application period for potential candidates. Applications are available at the Gig Harbor Civic Center, 3510 Grandview St. In order to apply, the candidates must be registered voters in Gig Harbor and have lived within city limits for at least a year.

Potential council members for position four must have their applications to the city clerk by 3 p.m. Jan. 8. A letter of interest must be submitted with the application. Interviews tentatively will be scheduled for the Jan. 14 council meeting. If someone is selected, their term will begin at the next council meeting.

Guernsey’s term will expire on Dec. 31, 2013. She ran unopposed for Mayor Chuck Hunter’s seat. In the coming year, the council will welcome Casey Arbenz, who will move into Derek Young’s seat. Young chose not to run for re-election after 16 years of service.

City council members earn $600 per month with no benefits. Duties typically amount to 15 to 20 hours a week, according to a city news release.

Reporter Karen Miller can be reached at 253-358-4155 or by email at karen.miller@gateline.com. Follow her on Twitter, @gateway_karen.

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