Enumclaw accepting applications for empty seat on council

The city of Enumclaw is accepting applications for the council seat left vacant following the death of Kevin Mahelona.

The City Council has 90 day to fill the vacancy and it is expected the deadline will be easily met according to city staff.

If the council does not meet the deadline, the King County Council is charged with selecting a member.

The deadline for an application to be emailed or sent to the city is Jan. 7.

City Administrator Mike Thomas said once all applications are received, staff will present them to the City Council at the Jan. 14 meeting.

Once the council has the applications, it is up to the members to decide the process for sifting through the applicants.

An applicant must live in the city limits and be able to serve until Dec. 31, 2013.

The city is asking for a one-page letter of interest and a resumé sent to City Clerk Meredith Shirey at mshirey@ci.enumclaw.wa.us or by mail to 1339 Griffin Ave., Enumclaw, 98022.

The 54-year-old Mahelona died Nov. 16 from acute interstitial pneumonia. He had served on the council since 2002 and was in his third term, which would have ended Dec. 31, 2013.

City Council terms are four years.

Mahelona was the mayor pro tempore and served on the Public Works Committee, Community Services Committee and Committee on Committees.