27 apply for council position


Staff writer

The number of people who have submitted applications to sit on the Federal Way City Council nearly doubled before the deadline Dec. 31.

Thirteen more people dropped off applications at City Hall in the hope of being appointed to fill the vacant position 5 seat formerly occupied by Michael Hellickson, bringing the total to 27.

The current list of applicants includes:

• Art Hagberg, who serves on the board of the Federal Way Kiwanis.

• Michael Maine, who ran as a Democrat in the 2000 race against former 30th District Republican Rep. Maryann Mitchell. Mitchell won the election with 60 percent of the vote. Maine now serves on the city’s Civil Service Commission.

• C.T. Purdom, who most recently served as the vice-chairman of the city’s Municipal Facility Advisory Committee, which just released its final siting and cost recommendations to the City Council.

• Jack Dovey, chairman of the Municipal Facility Advisory Committee, is himself a former councilman and is an active past president of the Federal Way Kiwanis.

• Barbara Reid, a long time citizen activist who served on the city Parks Commission and the Celebration Park Committee.

• Karen Pettingell, who currently serves on the city’s Human Services Commission.

• Hope Elder, who most recently served on the Municipal Facility Advisory Committee.

Other candidates include Tyree Forest, Craig Dahl, Helen Graves, Joseph Henry, Pat Godfrey, Donovan Shortridge, Timothy Holderman, Darryl Mitchell, Stephen Jacobson and his wife Stephana Jacobson, Alana Summers, David Gommenginger, Henry George, Harold Griffey, Joe Spransy, John Hagstrom, Diane Lorenz, Grace Rawsthorne, Debra DiPietro and Debi Braulik.

Whomever the council chooses will serve until the end of Hellickson’s term, which expires Dec. 31 this year. He or she will have to run for the office then to retain it.

The City Council scheduled a special meeting to interview the candidates at noon Monday. The new council member will be selected after a second round of interviews Jan. 16, but he or she won’t be formally sworn in until the next council meeting Jan. 21.

That such a large number of candidates have applied for the position is remarkable, though 43 people applied to the city’s Municipal Facility Advisory Committee — and service on that body didn’t include a $750 a month stipend.

Still, when former council member Phil Watkins resigned two years ago and current councilman Eric Faison was appointed, a smaller number of people applied, said assistant city manager Derek Matheson.

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