King County Executive Dow Constantine laid out more details about the process for replacing Metropolitan King County Council member Bob Ferguson, who was elected the state’s attorney general.
Candidates interested in filling the District 1 vacancy should apply by 5 p.m. Dec. 3, for vetting by a citizen advisory committee, according to Constantine.
“The people of Council District 1 can be assured that I will send the council well-qualified candidates who care about the district,” said Constantine in a statement.
Constantine said that after the election is certified on Dec. 6, he will name an advisory committee that is representative of District 1 to evaluate applicants for their qualifications, their knowledge of issues currently relevant to King County, and their knowledge of issues specific to people living in Council District 1. Preference will be given to experience with budgets, leadership and community issues.
By Dec. 21, the advisory committee will forward the names of qualified candidates to the executive. Under state law, when the position becomes vacant in January, the executive will transmit three names to the County Council for consideration. The Council has 60 days to fill the position from the date it becomes vacant.
Individuals who seek consideration for the appointment should e-mail their resume, a statement of qualifications and references with contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We earlier reported that candidates include: Dave Baker, Kenmore mayor and owner of a video inspection system company; Rod Dembowski, Seattle lawyer and member of the King County Districting Committee; Will Hall, Shoreline City Council member and Snohomish County Council legislative analyst; Cindy Ryu, District 32 state Representative and former Shoreline mayor; Keith Scully, a lawyer and Shoreline Planning Commission member.
Chuck Sloane, deputy ombudsman for King County and chair of the Municipal League of King County, also says he’s in.