John Leggett returned to Buckley council

When members of the Buckley City Council recently filled a vacancy in their ranks, they didn’t have to look far – they only had to refer to a roster of former council members.

John Leggett, who previously served on the council for more than 16 months, was appointed to round out the seven-member group that sets city policy and establishes the municipal budget.

The vacancy in the council ranks was due to the death of Norm Irons. The city advertised the opportunity to serve and received letters from a trio of interested candidates; on the night of the scheduled interviews, only Leggett and one other hopeful showed up, narrowing the field to two.

Leggett had previously served from July 2012 until coming up short short in a general election bid in the fall of 2013. He served during a crucial time in the city’s recent development, when finishing touches were being put on the new fire station and both the 911 call center and city jail were being phased out.

Prior to joining the City Council, Leggett had covered city of Buckley government and community events for The Courier-Herald.