City of Vancouver receives 56 applications for vacant council position

Candidates will be reviewed, interviewed on Feb. 5

VANCOUVER — Fifty-six residents of the city of Vancouver have submitted completed applications, and meet all eligibility requirements, to fill the vacancy on Vancouver City Council.

The council vacancy occurred following the conclusion of Council Member Jack Burkman’s term and the inability of the elected candidate to quality for office. Scott Campbell, who won the Council Seat 1 position in the Nov. 2017 election, passed away before the election.

The application filing period closed at 5 p.m. Thu., Jan. 18.

Applicants’ names are listed in alphabetical order by last name on the city’s website (www.cityofvancouver.us/council-vacancy).

Given the large pool of applicants, the council will hold a special meeting the morning of Mon., Feb. 5 for the purpose of reviewing candidate qualifications and selecting those to be interviewed. Council will discuss the qualifications of the applicants in an Executive Session on Feb. 5 at 8 a.m. and immediately following executive session will select individuals to be interviewed. The selected candidates will then be interviewed beginning at 4 p.m. that evening. At the conclusion of the interviews, council will adjourn into Executive Session for deliberations and return to the special meeting in Council Chambers to take action on the council appointment.

Once a selection is made, the new council member will take his or her oath of office on Feb. 12.

Executive sessions are not open to the public or media. However all actions of the council at both public sessions on Feb. 5, including candidate interviews, will be held in Council Chambers at City Hall, open to the public, and broadcast live on CVTV channels 21/23 and CVTV.org.

Information provided by city of Vancouver.

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