Spath will resign after 3 years on city council

ckrotzer@theolympian.comApril 4, 2013 

A Tumwater city council member will resign at the end of this month after serving three years.

Council member Betsy Spath will end her term as of April 30. She retired as a geriatric care manager for a Tumwater law practice in December and will be moving with her husband to Arizona.

Spath spent her time on the council focusing on protecting manufactured housing parks in the city, and helped develop the funding agreement for the Thurston County Regional Health and Human Services Council.

Spath said she is pleased with the work she was able to complete.

“When I campaigned ... I had three priorities: one was to get some kind of life back in the brewery, enhance our public safety system and ensure our financial integrity going forward,” Spath said. “All three are happening; we got the levy lid lift passed for our public safety, we got lots of action going on around the brewery neighborhood and we are operating in the black.”

“She wasn’t here that long, but in that time she really came fairly quickly up to speed on issues and I think her most important contribution was helping work out the funding mechanism for the Human Services Council,” said Tumwater Mayor Pete Kmet. “That was a pretty difficult negotiation between the three cities and the county and she was an integral part of that.”

Spath also served on the General Government Committee, Public Safety Committee, Human Services Review Council, Thurston County LEOFF Disability Board, Thurston County Emergency Medical Services Council and the Thurston County Transfer of Rights Committee.

Spath’s replacement will likely be selected from the pool of applicants involved in the appointment of the council’s newest member, Kyle Lucas.

Lucas replaced council member Judith Hoefling who retired in December.

“The position is up for election in November,” Kmet said. “Whoever is appointed will have to run in the election.”

A public reception will be held at 6 p.m. April 16 in Spath’s honor at Tumwater City Hall before the regular council meeting.

Chelsea Krotzer: 360-754-5476 @chelseakrotzer

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