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Council to fill vacancy June 6

Mayor Ed Prilucik laid out his plans for filling the vacant Council seat left by Don Vlieger during this past Monday night's regularly scheduled Sunnyside City Council meeting.

Vlieger, who represented position No. 1 on the Council, submitted his resignation to Prilucik on May 13, with it becoming effective Monday, May 16. Vlieger nearly completed two terms on the Council. Vlieger resigned his position, which was up for re-election this year, because of family and business commitments.

Prilucik opened the application process to the community on May 18. Council will be accepting resumes from interested community members until 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 26. Applications are available at Sunnyside City Hall.

The mayor said he wants to hold a special meeting on Monday, June 6, where Council will provide each candidate a 10-minute window to present themselves and answer any questions. Prilucik said the applicants will be held to a 10-minute limit. Council will then convene into executive session at the June 6 meeting to discuss the applicants. Prilucik said he is expecting Council to pick a new member at the June 6 meeting.

The new Council member will be formally sworn into office during the Monday, June 13, meeting.

Prilucik pointed out that all of the applicants' resumes and other information will be made available to the public for review. Prilucik said he feels it is important that the public has access to all of the information before Council.

The requirements to run for the vacant Council position are at least one year of residency and the applicant must be a registered voter. The individual Council selects to fill the vacant Council seat will have to file to retain the seat during the last week in July and run for election this fall. The new Council member will also be required to file a personal financial affairs statement with the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission within two weeks of being appointed to office.

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