In one week, Tacoma likely will know who its next City Council member will be.
City officials said today Tacoma’s eight sitting council members are likely to appoint a new member on Jan. 15 from a pool of seven candidates who applied to fill the seat recently vacated by state Rep. Jake Fey, D-27.
The decision likely will come during the council’s regular meeting on Jan. 15 — several hours after each candidate is interviewed during a noon study session, according to a press release issued today. All of the candidate interviews will be televised live on Tacoma TV 12.
At the end of the interviews, “Council Members will go into an executive session to discuss applicant qualifications,” the press release said. ”And, at the 5 p.m. Council meeting that day, a motion may be made to appoint an applicant to the vacant position for Council consideration.”
In all, seven candidates applied to serve out the remaining year of Fey’s four-year term representing council District 2, which includes Northeast Tacoma, the Port of Tacoma, downtown and part of Old Town. Fey vacated his seat last year after winning election to the Legislature.
Applicants seeking the seat include Monica Alexander, Philip Cowan, David D’Aniello, Carolyn Edmonds, Jon Higley, Patricia Lecy-Davis and Robert Thoms. (For more information about the candidates, click here).
Under a tentative appointment schedule released last month, the council had planned to pick Fey’s replacement by Jan. 29.
Here’s the city’s press release:
Interviews for Tacoma City Council’s District 2 position to be televised live on TV Tacoma Jan. 15
At the noon study session on Jan. 15 – which will be televised live by TV Tacoma from Council Chambers – the public will have an opportunity to watch Tacoma City Council Members conduct live interviews of seven applicants vying for the vacant City Council District 2 position: Monica Alexander, Philip Cowan, David D’ Aniello, Carolyn Edmonds, Jon Higley, Patricia Lecy-Davis and Robert Thoms.
Each will have three minutes to describe their interest in serving on the City Council, their qualifications, what sets them apart from other applicants, and what they believe the City of Tacoma should prioritize. Council Members will then have an opportunity to ask them additional questions.
At the end of that session, Council Members will go into an executive session to discuss applicant qualifications. And, at the 5 p.m. Council meeting that day, a motion may be made to appoint an applicant to the vacant position for Council consideration.
District 2 generally represents northeast Tacoma, the industrial area around the Port of Tacoma and downtown Tacoma.
The City Council is responsible for enacting all legislation, developing policies, and making general decisions for governing the City organization. Council is charged with adopting and amending City laws, approving the biennial budget, establishing City policies and standards, approving contracts and agreements, and representing the City in the community.
Effective Jan. 1, 2013, Council Members receive an annual salary of $41,269.
TV Tacoma is carried on both the Click! Cable TV and Comcast Cable systems. TV Tacoma can be seen on Channel 12 in the Tacoma City limits and in Pierce County on Click!, with the exception of University Place, where it can be found on Channel 21. On Comcast, TV Tacoma can be seen on Channel 12 in the Tacoma City limits and on Channel 21 in Pierce County. For programming information or program streaming, visit tvtacoma.com.