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Enumclaw councilmen sworn in, receive committee assignments
Four councilmen raised their right hands the evening of Jan. 11, swearing allegiance to Enumclaw and promising to do their best on behalf of the city.
For two of them, the occasion marked a return to council duty following a four-year hiatus.
Glen Jensen and Sean Krebs previously served but, for different reasons, disappeared from the council scene in late 2005. Krebs made an unsuccessful bid for the mayor's post and Jensen simply chose not to run for re-election.
Now, they're back. Jensen ran unopposed in November for the Position 1 seat and Krebs was elected to the Position 7 post.
They were sworn in Jan. 11, along with Kevin Mahelona and Mike Ennis, both of whom ran unopposed in November. Also taking part in a swearing-in ceremony was Mayor Liz Reynolds, who left the council in favor of mounting a successful campaign for the city's top elected position.
Shortly after the brief swearing-in ceremony, all seven councilmembers were given their committee assignments for the next two years. Assignments are significant because members receive detailed information on major issues facing the city and make recommendations to the full council.
The following are the eight City Council committees and the members assigned to each. The first person mentioned chairs the committee.
Community Economic Development: Krebs, Richard Elfers and Ennis.
Community Services: Jeff Beckwith, Jensen and Mahelona.
Expo Center: Ennis, Elfers and Jensen.
Finance: Elfers, Beckwith and Krebs.
Public Safety: Mahelona, Beckwith and Jim Hogan.
Fire Oversite Board: Mahelona and Hogan.
Public Works: Hogan, Jensen and Krebs.
Committee on Committees: Jensen, Ennis and Mahelona.