The Sultan City Council has appointed resident Stephanie King to serve in council Position 2, vacated by Mayor John Seehuus in December of 2017.
Applications from individuals interested in serving on the council were accepted through January 31, 2018. The city received a total of nine applicants, all of whom were asked to engage in a formal interview process. Eight of the nine council hopefuls were interviewed in an open public meeting that preceded the regular business meeting of the Sultan City Council on Thursday, February 8, 2018. Each applicant was invited into council chambers and asked a series of three questions, and were given the opportunity to provide a two-minute closing statement.
Mayor John Seehuus said that it was wonderful to see so many residents come forward with an interest in serving their community.
“The council and I were thrilled to have nine incredibly qualified candidates interested in the position,” Seehuus said. “The selection process was challenging, but we wouldn’t have had it any other way.”
Once the regular business meeting concluded, the mayor and council moved into executive session to conduct the selection.
King is a relative newcomer to Sultan, having lived in the city for just under a year and a half. Her application demonstrated a working knowledge of key city projects, including the proposed park at the former Sky Harbor Airport and the Sultan Bicycle and Pedestrian Bridge. Among her qualifications include a decade of leadership in 4-H, where she served as treasurer, vice president and president.
King is a Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT) and supervisor at an emergency animal care clinic where she oversees the night shift. She supervises approximately 10 employees, engages with clients and handles issues to ensure that clinic operations run smoothly. Being emergency care, each shift is dynamic and completely different than the one before. In addition to her supervisory duties, King cares for animals with acute medical issues.
“I usually end up with most of the critical patients,” King said during her interview.
King will bring a fresh perspective to the council, said Mayor Seehuus.
“Ms. King’s community interest, history of strong leadership and eagerness to learn make her an asset to the council,” Seehuus said. “We welcome her to her new seat, and wholeheartedly thank all the applicants for their willingness to serve.”
The city of Sultan operates under a mayor-council form of government. For more information about the mayor-council form, please visit: http://mrsc.org/Home/Explore-Topics/Legal/General-Government/City-and-Town-Forms-of-Government.aspx.