Morgan Irwin choosen to fill Enumclaw City Council Position No. 1

The Enumclaw City Council finally completed its batting order of members filling the seats.

The Enumclaw City Council finally completed its batting order of members filling the seats.

At the March 24 meeting the six council members added a seventh member to their roster, selecting the 31-year-old Morgan Irvin to fill the vacant council Position No. 1, which he had been elected to in the November general election.

Confusion between the state and city residency requirement caused Irwin to resign in early December, prior to joining the council.

Irwin took 63 percent of the vote over Pamela Harding, who withdrew from the race in August.

Irwin grew up in Enumclaw, graduating from Enumclaw High in 2001 and from Washington State University. He is currently employed as an officer with the Seattle Police Department.

Irwin had moved back to Enumclaw in February 2013. The city does not have a residency requirement in its code, but the state code calls for one year.

Three candidates applied for the open position and each was interviewed by the City Council.

Along with Irwin, applicants were Jan Molinaro, a member of the Civil Service Commission, and Sylvia Guenther McDougall.

Following questions to the applicants by the council the members, Councilman Chance La Fleur made a motion to select Irwin. He preceded his motion by stating the council is a council “of the people. Not a council of the business people, not a council of the downtown business or finance. It’s a council of the people of Enumclaw.”

La Fleur said it was a difficult decision because each applicant brought different assets.

“One big fact that stuck in my head is that we have had a vote of the people on this matter and one of the candidates did file for this position and was approved by the citizens of Enumclaw,” La Fleur said. “I don’t feel it is my position to go against that will.”

La Fluer’s motion passed 4-2 with council members Darrel Dickson, La Fleur, Hoke Overland and Jim Hogan voting yes; voting no were Juanita Carstens and Mike Sando.

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