Olympia City Council hopes to fill open seat soon

OLYMPIA: Dick Pust, mayoral runner-up, considers applying

Staff writerDecember 6, 2011 

OLYMPIA — The Olympia City Council is taking applications for people interested in becoming the Council’s newest member.

The opening on the Council starts Jan. 1, when Councilman Stephen Buxbaum leaves his seat to assume the mayor’s position. The Council will appoint a new member to serve the rest of Buxbaum’s term, about 23 months.

But the Council first wants to know who’s interested. The application is available at the city’s website, olympiawa.gov, or at City Hall, 601 Fourth Ave. E.

Council members will review the applications and determine the final selection process at their Jan. 3 meeting. Interviews are typically held in front of the full Council for all applicants.

The evenings of Jan. 10 and Jan. 17 are tentatively scheduled for applicant interviews, according to the city. The goal is to appoint a new member before the city’s annual goal-setting retreat, which will be held in January or February.

Former KGY radio host Dick Pust, who lost to Buxbaum in the mayor’s race, has said he would consider applying for the soon-to-be vacant seat.

Matt Batcheldor: 360-704-6869

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