Nobody’s interested – not yet, at least – in applying for vacant Bainbridge council seat

Nobody’s interested - not yet, at least - in applying for vacant Bainbridge council seat

Not a single application has been filed from Bainbridge residents who would like to be considered for an appointment to the Bainbridge Island City Council.

The seven-member council has a vacancy in the South Ward, Position 3 seat. The position has been vacant since former councilman Matthew Tirman resigned Feb. 28.

City spokeswoman Kristen Drew said Wednesday that no applications for the seat had been received at city hall.

When the council last had a vacancy due to a resignation — in March 2018 following the departure of Mike Scott, who left the council after accepting an appointment to the bench to be a judge in King County Superior Court — the open Central Ward seat drew 10 applicants.

The deadline for applications has been set for 4 p.m. Friday, April 17.

Residents interested in applying for the position must have lived on Bainbridge for at least one year as of March 17, and must currently be a resident of the South Ward.

Application forms are available on the city’s website, https://www.bainbridgewa.gov/.

The seat is subject to a confirmation vote from the city council, and the new council member will serve until the results of the November 2021 General Election are certified.

After the application deadline, the city council is expected to interview candidates at a public council meeting, and then make an appointment.

The schedule for potential interviews, however, is up in the air due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The council serves as the legislative body of the city. The council is responsible for setting policy, adopting the annual budget, adopting laws, determining the services the city provides and the funding levels for those services, and appointing people to its advisory boards and commissions.

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