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Jim Hogan picked to fill Enumclaw council vacancy

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By Kevin Hanson, The Courier-Herald

Jim Hogan, who has called Enumclaw home since moving here at the age of 8, was appointed last week to fill a vacancy on the City Council.

He was chosen from a field of four applicants by the other six members of the council and immediately took his seat. The vacancy was created in April when Tim Temples resigned, due to a move from the area.

Hogan's appointment is for only the remainder of the year, as the position is up for election in the fall. He assured fellow council members he would be filing for election.

Hogan said his desire to serve on the City Council springs from an ongoing desire to serve the community. That ethic was instilled in him as a child, as his father was a member of the Enumclaw School Board and his mother was a founding member of a local PTA. "They were always involved in things," Hogan said, and he has continued that family tradition.

Hogan has, for 15 years, been a volunteer firefighter with Enumclaw/District 28 and carries the rank of lieutenant with the department. In addition, he is the department's medical services officer, charged with assuring that all members of the force are adequately trained. He points out, about 80 percent of the department's calls for related to medical troubles, rather than fires.

Hogan's community involvement has extended beyond the fire department. In 1994, then-mayor George Rossman recruited him to serve on a committee studying the city's streets and sidewalks; in 1999, he worked on the committee responsible for putting on the Fourth of July fireworks show; and, later in '99, he was appointed to the city's Design Review Board. Most recently, he volunteered his time and expertise to serve on the school district committee that assessed district facilities and resulted in a bond proposal.

He resigned from the Design Review Board upon accepting his City Council appointment.

Hogan works for Puget Sound Energy at its Bellevue headquarters, heading a staff of two dozen who are charged with assuring PSE projects are in compliance with all regulatory issues. He has been with PSE for three years and, before that, spent a decade with Boeing. During his time with the aerospace giant, Hogan was responsible for building Boeing facilities throughout the country and overseas. He spent four years commuting to sites in Russia and the Ukraine, which became a drain on family life. After spending 250 days overseas during 1999, "I decided international work wasn't for me anymore."

After a short time with a private company, Hogan was recruited by PSE.

As he begins his council service, Hogan has no pet projects to push for and no gripes with the city. "I'm pretty happy with the way things are being done," he said. He sees Enumclaw thriving as long as city leaders keep in mind the city is "a bedroom community with a limited tax base."

While not opposed to more jobs coming to town, Hogan acknowledges that many will continue leaving town to make their living. Enumclaw's goal, he said, is to "make this a nice place for them to come home to."

Hogan's family includes his wife Kim, 8-year-old daughter and 4-year-old son.

Kevin Hanson can be reached at khanson@courierherald.com

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