UPDATE, 3 p.m.: The finalists are: Chris Thompson, Phil Cowan, Bob Sheehan, Ryan Mello, Koree Baker, Rick Talbert, Patricia Lecy-Davis and David Boe.
We should know by this afternoon who the finalists are from among the dozens of applicants seeking appointment to either of two vacant seats on the Tacoma City Council.
The seven current members of the council are expected to meet for an executive session at noon today to winnow down a field of 40+ candidates (of the 44 original applicants, a few have since dropped out or didn’t attend a meeting to publicly present their qualifications).
Once today’s closed meeting concludes, the council is expected to publicly announce names of the chosen finalists.
Finalists are expected to be publicly interviewed at the next regular meeting of the Tacoma City Council on Jan. 12. The council then expects to appoint two new members on Jan. 14. If more time is needed to decide either or both selections, the appointments will be made on Jan. 19, according to a recently released schedule.
The two open seats on the nine-member panel were created when council members Marilyn Strickland and Julie Anderson vacated their at-large seats after winning election to other offices. Strickland won the mayor’s job and remains on the council, while Anderson won the Pierce County auditor’s job and left the city council in November.
Each vacant council seat has about two years remaining of unexpired four-year terms.