County Councilman Shawn Bunney has decided not to seek the Pierce County auditor’s job for now. But he won’t rule out a future bid for the office.
In an interview this morning Bunney confirmed he is not among the 13 applicants for the auditor’s job to be considered by a committee on Wednesday afternoon. Instead, the Lake Tapps Republican said he will remain on the council and will ask to be named chairman of its Economic and Infrastructure Development Committee.
As committee chairman, Bunney said he wants to implement an economic stimulus plan he championed last year. And he wants to advocate for important transportation projects like a proposed extension of Highway 167 from Puyallup to the Port of Tacoma.
Bunney had been considering an appointment to the auditor’s job since losing the county executive’s race in November. Auditor Pat McCarthy vacated the post after she won the executive’s race.
A five-member committee will meet at 1 p.m. Wednesday to recommend three finalists for the auditor’s job. The County Council is expected to appoint a new auditor on Jan. 13.
Though he’s bowing out for now, Bunney will have other opportunities to become auditor. Whoever wins the council’s appointment must stand for election next November and again when McCarthy’s full term expires in November 2010.
"I think the auditor is a good job," Bunney said. "It’s one I’ll continue to consider in the future."