This editorial will appear in Thursday’s print edition.
Departing Tacoma City Council members should resist the temptation to make a final mark (or two) on city government via the appointment process.
The council is debating how to fill vacancies created by this month’s election. Councilwoman Marilyn Strickland is moving to the mayor’s chair, and Julie Anderson is leaving the council to become Pierce County auditor.
Both need to be replaced, and the question before the council is not only who will fill their seats but who gets to do the picking – the three newly elected council members or the term-limited four who are leaving?