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Record No: Res 31778    Version: 1 Council Bill No:
Type: Resolution (Res) Status: Adopted
Current Controlling Legislative Body City Clerk
Final Action: 9/25/2017
Ordinance No:
Title: A RESOLUTION relating to the 20-day procedural process pursuant to City Charter Article XIX for filling the vacancy in Council Position 8 until certification of the November 2017 election results for Position 8.
Sponsors: Bruce Harrell
Attachments: 1. Att A - Council Vacancy Process v2, 2. Att A - Council Vacancy Process v1
Supporting documents: 1. Summary and Fiscal Note, 2. Signed Res_31778
CITY OF SEATTLE
RESOLUTION __________________
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A RESOLUTION relating to the 20-day procedural process pursuant to City Charter Article XIX for filling the vacancy in Council Position 8 until certification of the November 2017 election results for Position 8.
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WHEREAS, the Seattle City Council elected Councilmember Tim Burgess (Position 8, Citywide) as the 55th Mayor of Seattle on September 18, 2017; and
WHEREAS, Council Position 8 became vacant when Councilmember Burgess took the oath to become Mayor on September 18, 2017; and
WHEREAS, the City Charter provides the City Council 20 calendar days to fill a vacant Council Position which in this case is from Monday, September 18, to Sunday, October 8, 2017; and
WHEREAS, if the Council does not fill the vacant position by the end of that 20-day period, the Council must meet and ballot at least once every business day thereafter until the vacancy is filled (Charter Article XIX, Section 6); and
WHEREAS, in the true spirit of democracy, the 20-day process proposed should allow for an open, transparent appointment process with public input; and
WHEREAS, candidates for appointment should demonstrate an understanding of Seattle City government operations, budgeting, and legislative process; demonstrate knowledge of the public policy issues associated with potential Committee assignments; demonstrate a commitment to social justice and the ability to communicate and collaborate effectively across cultures and with diverse populations; and a desire to serve the people of Seattle as a public official; NOW, THEREFORE,
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SEATTLE THAT:
Section 1. After consulting with Councilmembers, the City Attorney's office, the City Clerk, and the Central Staff director, the Council will endeavor to follow the process described in Attachment A to this resolution to fill the vacancy in Council Position 8 pursuant to City Charter Article XIX, Section 6, until certification of the No...

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